In response to our article "NGO's--the Hapless Helpers" (WWNK 11/22/04), reader Neil wrote: "Reminds me of stories showing how millions of dollars of third world aid money funneled through UN agencies... end up telling the same kind of horror stories. For example, health clinics built and setup in African nations that have nothing but condoms, contraception pamphlets, and someone trained in their dissemination. These 'medical' clinics could work wonders if they were stocked with vaccines that cost pennies each."

At least, it seems, the natives of those countries have learned to make creative use of the items so abundantly supplied.

Millions of free condoms distributed in India for birth control and AIDS prevention have found new applications, as the UK Telegraph recently reported, "such as waterproofing roofs, reinforcing roads and even polishing saris." India's military protects tank barrels with a rubbery layer, and Thailand's runways have benefited from the wide color palette available. (
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Which proves again that the human mind always finds innovative ways for improvement.



"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."

--Charles Austin Beard, 18741948, American historian and author


Posted 12-06-2004 10:33 PM by Doug Casey