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Apr. 26th, 2005

So as usual the red cross is soliciting blood at my workplace. In the past I've raised a stink about it by reminding everyone that they discriminate against homosexuals-- they ask if you've ever had sex with the same gender and if you say yes they won't take your blood. You can lie, but it's a felony if you get caught. I'd rather not risk jailtime just so I can donate blood.

What's dissapointing is that they do this to reduce to chances of taking blood with HIV in it. A just cause, even with testing you wouldn't want to be on the receiving side of that fraction of a percent that fails to show positive.

HOWEVER-

As my ex's father, the director for the AIDS research foundation in Melbourn, Australia said in response to this-- "They're cowards." .. It's well known the chances of having HIV if you're african-american is SUBSTANTIALLY higher than if you're gay.

So. If they want to play statistics to reduce the likelyhood of taking HIV infected blood- they damn well better play the game right. Right? Wrong. What a waste of time ...

On another note, it's just as well-- if I did give blood right now it'd be blood full of amphetamine-based ADHD meds. The receiver of my blood would certainly be in for an awakening experience. Har har ...

Lastly- the new guy at my work is complaining about the noise from my servers that are on my desk. Yeah they're rack mount, yeah they're loud-- but guess what? There's a sound wall between us. I sat in his cube and I could hardly hear them. They're not going to be here long anyways, but jeeze.. if this is an indication of things to come, someone needs to yank his H1B. Next thing I know he'll be complaining that I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt. He wears only one step down from a business suit, which is nothing remotely close to what the rest of this department wears. Blue jeans are about as professional as I see from anything less than upper management.

- Keman

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pathia
Apr. 26th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
I normally just lie myself, but now I have to wonder if my HRT negates it even more.
nashoba
Apr. 26th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I never donate blood for the very reason they discriminate. If they want help from me, they're going to have to stop their childish parade, in my opinion. Until that happens, they can plead all they want with me, they're not getting anything. :P
wolffit
Apr. 26th, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'm picturing a world where there is sufficient incentive that you have to donate blood. For a tax credit.

Or to avoid paying a fine.

Or to avoid a big fine. Or jail.

How far are we from that? The sky is falling, the sky is falling ... well. C'mon. If blood saves lives, and it's in short supply, and people have excess amounts of it, how can we provide more incentive besides begging and pleading? We'll happily toss people into jail to save lives ... it's only logical that this be the next step.

Or did anyone somehow get to thinking that seatbelt laws are there to protect anyone but the wearer?

- Keman
firedhusky
Apr. 26th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
should not even be legal to ask who you had sex with, is no ones busines.

discrimination seems to be something people like to hang on lately. It is there no matter if you make a law against discriminating, all you are doing is make some people happy so they THINK that no one will discriminate. bull shit.

Discrimination has been here since the begining days and wont go away.

dont also forget that a lot of safety devices are enforced to be used not just to protect you, but to lower the cost of FIXING you after a car accident.
Soon, people with overweight will be forced to diet by law in order to lower the extra costs in hospitals for treating overweight people. But they will say is for your own health.

is like, you better use the seatbelt... but smokeing (wich brings cancer to many) is legal ...

what i m trying to point out is that a lot of the stuff we think is for our own good, may be what they want us to think and it doesnt reflect reality.

FDH
The weird but always good intentionated husky :)




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