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    Who is your favourite author, and why?

    What? No umbrage? A member with a mental age of more than fourteen? My faith in humanity begins to be restored. Martin, how did you go with that Defoe translation? (I hope I'm talking to the right person here—I'm talking from memory). I came to forum too recently to offer my two cents worth...
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    Could the Tsunami Disaster have been prevented?

    Nothing lame about it. I just don't want to talk to you. I consider it a total waste of time. And I'm sure that if everyone who doesn't want to waste time talking to you is lame, I'd better invest in the crutches industy. I know there are other ways to see the world than mine, but I don't...
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    Could the Tsunami Disaster have been prevented?

    I said: (or rather quoted someone who said) US seismologists knew more than an hour in advance that a tsunami would follow the earthquake off the coast of Sumatra You said: The countries affected by this are not rich so that can probably present a problem for a warning system Clearly you...
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    Could the Tsunami Disaster have been prevented?

    Signing Off As a reminder, this is the letter that started this whole thing rolling, back in page one of that other thread: US seismologists knew more than an hour in advance that a tsunami would follow the earthquake off the coast of Sumatra but the appropriate communication tools were not...
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    Could the Tsunami Disaster have been prevented?

    How do you know how many times I've had not dinners? Or even hot, ones for that matter. I saw piece in Yahoo News or somewhere. They did name names, including that of the kid's school, and a statement from her teacher. And while I don't trust tabloid press very much, I have seen here a lot of...
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    Could the Tsunami Disaster have been prevented?

    LONDON (AFP) - A 10-year-old British schoolgirl saved the lives of hundreds of people in southern Asia by warning them a wall of water was about to strike, after learning about tsunamis in geography class, British media reported. Tilly, who has been renamed the "angel of the beach" by the...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    Do you have a degree in missing the point, or something? Bet you got honours with that.
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    Post a Picture!

    Starving Australians? How dare you? There's plenty wrong with how this country is run, and I'm as critical as anyone, but we don't hold with that letting people starve shit. I can confidently say that there's not a single person starving here. Except some sufferers of anorexia nervosa, I...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    Did I read it? yes, I expect so. Little bit drunk right now. How can I tell you it's a lie? I don't even know as a fact that it was said—only have your word on that, and your word is based on someone elses. It looks like a lie, because it looks like very little or nothing was done...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    Does everything have to be positive? How boring that would be…
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    Oh shit, I forgot to sprinkle it with laughy things again, for the benefit of those who don't understand words very well yet. Person mentioned earlier was laughing, by the way, when she said that.
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    I can't be sure, but maybe if you considered the questions too, not just the answers, you would see why the excuses are ridiculous. Hearing only one side of an argument can hardly give you a clear understanding. Didn't have phone numbers or staff—ridiculous. Did all it was responsible for...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    I'm sorry you erased it. Am tempted to challenge Wabbit to a debate on the semantics of semantics, but better not do that. Semantics has to do with meaning, and I don't think Wabbit's heavily into that. An eerily talented wordsmith, actually, but can be a bit loose when dealing with...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    Doesn't look to me, from the majority of posts here, that most people would like to blame someone. Most would seem to want to crawl back into their shells, swallow all the ridiculous excuses being offered, as in Hay82's post above, and pretend that no one is to blame. As to who to blame, how...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    Ah …so now I just implied someone a name? You're making less sense with every post, Wabbit. [And eek! No! I'm not calling, or even implying, you a name!] And whether you think so or not, calling what someone else posted shit is an insult worse than any I am guilty of. And anyone who does it...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    I read your post. Did you read mine? Go back to my original and see what I am on about. I'm not talking about who is and who is not "involved in" any system. Unlike you and others, I don't think that not being involved with or contributing to a system should disqualify someone or some country...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    When did I call anyone a name? What name? Please try to be accurate if you're going to throw accusations around.
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    We could argue till the cows come home about who is missing whose point. I think I see your point—I just find it distastefully complacent. A lot of the points you make seem to me to smack of desparation. [Thailand would ignore warnings because to take them seriously would damage its tourist...
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    As I've said, there is a system in place.
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    Heartfelt Sympathy!

    I think breaking into serious discussion with [i aint reading all this shit] is rude, joking or not. Nice, you want? Well, I can promise not to be idiotic…
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