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3:00 PM
Letter.... don't think I've ever written a social one
@Stephie Other than birthday cards and the like it's been quite some time.
Interesting... yet we communicate like probably no generation before us (except perhaps the ladys of Jane Austen's time).
@Stephie Have you spoken to Mrs Fotheringay? I understand she has great plans for the upcoming season <sips tea>
@Stephie the last letter i received was a valentines day love letter lol blushes
@ElendilTheTall <nods gracefully and takes another sip>
@Jay Don't blush! That's wonderful!
3:08 PM
@Stephie it was in 3rd grade
from his mother
lol shush you
@ElendilTheTall it's the thought that counts! (Jealous much?)
it was like 2 years ago
@Jay For about as long as it would take you to get another job if fired from this one. Say 6 months as a ballpark. Does your current job have to give you notice?
@Stephie no, I've got plenty of valentine letters from Jay's mother
3:09 PM
@ElendilTheTall Hey! No "Yo mama" jokes here!
@Stephie you ain't the boss o' me
well, I was going to give blood tonight, but I think I'll leave it till next month
@ElendilTheTall Why?
Have we st/drained you too much?
Or not recovered enough yet?
@Jay But it looks like people have covered that adequately already.
Having a secure job is quite helpful. Though such things are getting rare.
3:13 PM
@Stephie why not?
Last time i checked they still banned gay/bi men from donating blood. Is that antiquated practice still in place?
I've never done it before, there've been ads on the radio saying how they always need more in winter
my mother has a rare blood type so I may have it as well
After a very embarrassing fiasco while donating blood at my university 5 years ago i havent donated blood.
@ElendilTheTall Never got tested?
@Jay not that I know of
@Stephie once, but I don't think they typed it
3:15 PM
And Microsoft has made a lot of money in the past by doing lots of bad things. Whenever anyone says anything even vaguely complimentary about Gates I feel like breaking things. (Probably a character flaw.)
@jay ah:
> Men who have had oral or anal sex with men within the last 12 months can't donate blood. Men who haven't had oral or anal sex with a man in the last 12 months and who can meet the other donor selection criteria can donate.
> None of the criteria in place for blood donation are intended to be discriminatory. It is specific sexual behaviours rather than sexuality that increase the risk of virus transmission and drive the criteria. Ensuring donor and patient safety is at the heart of what we do. The processes we follow at our blood donation sessions are in line with blood donor selection criteria set by the Department of Health on the advice of independent experts.
> Men who have sex with men as a group have been shown to be at a statistically higher risk of acquiring HIV and other sexually acquired infections, including hepatitis B, in the UK.

The donor selection criteria in place are based on statistical risks for sexual behaviour associated with that population group - men who have sex with men - rather than an individual's specific sexual history or sexuality.

The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) advise that there is insufficient evidence available to be able to determine the impact on blood safety of introdu
@ElendilTheTall That makes no sense. How can they know whether anyone is reporting this truthfully?
They test indivual samples so i dont know why thats still an issue
@FaheemMitha I just copied and pasted it, how should I know?
but whatever, their lost. my blood is just as good as your darn blood
3:21 PM
@Jay Every sample?
it wouldnt make sense that they dont test all the blood
since they take blood and then put a small sample in the test capsule for every donation
@ElendilTheTall I just assumed that you were an expert on the topic.
@FaheemMitha when you assume, you make an ass out of u and me
@Jay It would certainly make sense to do so. But that doesn't mean they do.
@ElendilTheTall Lame.
Guys, see you tomorow - have to get ready for tonight's social marathon. First kid's swimming class, then later parent's council. I sense a loong night ahead.
3:23 PM
@Stephie You have an actual job too, right?
Later @Stephie!
"The American Red Cross performs laboratory tests for multiple infectious disease markers on every unit of donated blood. Tests are upgraded or replaced with more sensitive technologies as these become available. These tests include:

Chagas disease (T. cruzi)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV 3.0)
Human Immunodeficiency viruses, Types 1 and 2 (HIV 1,2)
Human T-Lymphotropic virus (HTLV-I/II)
Syphilis (Treponema pallidum)
West Nile virus (WNV)"
@Stephie cya
Straight from the red cross website
is they already test for hiv and hep b, there is no reason to limit the blood samples
@Jay Ok. And are the American Red Cross the only people who accept and process donated blood?
3:24 PM
in american, bbasically
@Jay ?
In America
I thought hospitals would accept donated blood in most places. I think they do so here.
There's one organization fronting the entire operation across all of the United States? Surprising if true.
And in fact, appears to be incorrect, or I'm misreading this page.
Nearly every hospital in the United States has a blood bank and transfusion service. The following is a list of groups that collect blood for transfusion and not a complete list of blood banks. == National organizations == American Red Cross (ARC), specifically the biomedical services division.[1]. The ARC provides about 45% of transfused blood in the US. America's Blood Centers, a major network of non-profit community blood centers founded in 1962. [2] Most of the independent blood centers on this list are ABC members, and these account for approximately half of the US blood supply.United Blood...
I believe in the US at least, they don't pay for blood, but charge for it. But this page doesn't specify.
I'm off to do some chores. Figure I may as well get something done while I wait. Back in a little bit. :)
@Cindy What are you waiting for?
3:34 PM
@FaheemMitha the Murder Investigation Team to come and take her to Sing Sing
@FaheemMitha The laptop for the new job.
@Cindy Oh, still waiting for that?
You can't use your home computer?
@ElendilTheTall Ssssh.
I wonder, do people Sing in Sing Sing?
I will. If they catch me.
@FaheemMitha No. That would never be allowed.
3:37 PM
@Cindy oh. For security reasons?
@FaheemMitha Yes.
3:54 PM
Amazing (and recycled) fact of the day: During World War 2, the chap who inspired James Bond's 'Q' character invented garlic-flavoured chocolate, so agents being dropped into France would have authentic-smelling breath.
Ben Macintyre
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

trade edition paperback fine condition In stock shipped from our UK warehouse
@ElendilTheTall Ok.
presumably there is a further source in there, but I don't memorise that kind of thing
Operation Mincemeat was very interesting
German Intelligence was always the weak link for Hitler
MI5 had them fully convinced they had a network of 20 odd agents within Britain, when in fact it was all a fabrication run through one man, a double agent called Garbo
4:23 PM
i love the little candies they give out after lunch at restaurants
got a nice little minty chocolate today
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