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Detroit Broke City

Jim 1198 Wrote: Aug 02, 2013 7:27 AM
Until western Europe and Japan recovered from WW II, the "Big 3" (Big 4 back then, with American Motors) enjoyed a virtual monopoly in auto manufacturing, along with the UAW's monopoly on the labor union side. Growing international competition in time destroyed the production monopoly, but not the UAW's, as they continued to play one auto maker off against the others, in contract negotiations, eventually bringing the whole thing down.
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Is Thinking Obsolete?

Jim 1198 Wrote: May 01, 2013 12:39 PM
"The student at Florida Atlantic University … recently declined to stomp on a paper with the word "Jesus" on it, as ordered by the professor…This professor's action might be dismissed as an isolated extreme…" I saw in the news that the "exercise" came straight from their text book, and that book was in its 5th edition. Nothing isolated about that; I bet it's all over the place.
AS A SCIENTIST, I KNOW, NOT BELIEVE, KNOW THAT HUMAN LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. Although I am not a formal religionist, I believe with all my heart that there is a divinity of existence which commands us to declare a final and irreversible halt to this infinitely sad and shameful crime against humanity. -- END [Dr. Nathanson has since converted to Catholicism, being baptised in 1996.]
It is an impermissible act of deadly violence. One must concede that unplanned pregnancy is a wrenchingly difficult dilemma; but to look for its solution in a deliberate destructive act trashes the vast resourcefulness of human ingenuity, and surrenders the public weal to the classic utilitarian answer to social problems.
A favourite pro-abortion tactic is to insist that the definition of when life begins is impossible; that the question is theological or moral or philosophical…anything but scientific. Foetology makes it undeniably evident that life begins at conception and requires all the protection and safeguards that any of us enjoy. Why, then, do some American doctors who are privy to the findings of foetology discredit themselves by carrying out abortions? Simple arithmetic: at $300 per, 1.55 million abortions means an industry generating $500,000,000 annually, most of it going into the pockets of the physicians doing the abortions.
THE THIRD KEY TACTIC WAS TO DENIGRATE AND SUPPRESS ALL SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. I am often asked what made me change my mind. How did I change from prominent abortionist to pro-life advocate? In 1973, I became director of obstetrics of a large New York City hospital, and had to set up a prenatal research unit, just at the start of a great new technology which we now use every day to study the foetus in the womb.
And the media drum-fired all this into the American people, persuading them that anyone opposing permissive abortion must be under the influence of the Catholic hierarchy, and that Catholics in favour of abortion are enlightened and forward-looking. An inference of this tactic was that no non-Catholic groups opposed abortion. The fact that other Christian and non-Christian religions were (and still are) monolithically opposed to abortion was constantly suppressed, as were pro-life atheists' opinions.
THE SECOND KEY TACTIC WAS TO PLAY THE CATHOLIC CARD. We systematically vilified the Catholic Church and its "socially backward ideas" and picked on the Catholic hierarchy as the villain in opposing abortion. This theme we played endlessly. We fed the media such lies as: • "we all know that opposition to abortion comes from the hierarchy and not from most Catholics," and • "Polls prove time and again that most Catholics want abortion law reform."
The annual number of women dying from illegal abortions was around 200-250. The figure we constantly fed to the media was 10,000. These false figures took root in the consciousness of Americans, convincing many of the need to crack the abortion law. Another myth we fed the public through the media was that legalising abortion would only mean that the abortions taking place illegally would then be done legally. In fact, of course, abortion is now used as a primary method of birth control in the U.S. and the annual number of abortions has increased by 1500% since legalisation.
Knowing that if a true poll were taken, we would be soundly defeated, we simply fabricated the results of fictional polls. We announced to the media that in polls we had taken, 60% of Americans favoured permissive abortion. This is the tactic of the self-fulfilling lie. Few people care to be in the minority. We aroused enough sympathy to sell our program of permissive abortion by fabricating the number of illegal abortions done annually in the U.S. The actual figure was approaching 100,000, but the figure we repeatedly gave to the media was 1,000,000. Repeating the big lie often enough convinces the public.
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