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The United States of Decline: America unravels at an increasingly dizzying pace.
The National Review ^ | February 17, 2014 | Deroy Murdock

Posted on 02/17/2014 12:39:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

America is unraveling at a stunning speed and to a staggering degree. This decline is breathtaking, and the prognosis is dim.

For starters, Obama now rules by decree. Reportedly for the 27th time, he has changed the rules of Obamacare singlehandedly, with neither congressional approval nor even ceremonial resolutions to limit his actions. Obama needs no such frivolities.

“That’s the good thing about being president,” Obama joked on February 10. “I can do whatever I want.” In an especially bitter irony, Obama uttered these despicable words while guiding French president François Hollande through Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson — a key architect of America’s foundation of limited government.

That very day, Obama decreed that the Obamacare mandate for employers with 50 to 99 workers would be postponed until 2016 (beyond an earlier extension to 2015), well past the November 2014 midterm elections. This eases the pressure on Democrats, whose campaigns would suffer if voters saw their company health plans canceled due to Obamacare’s unnecessary, expensive, mandatory benefits — e.g. maternity coverage for men.

So, by fiat, Obama has postponed the employer mandate. When Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) effectively tried to do this through legislation last fall, Democrats virtually lassoed and branded him.

Also by decree last week, Obama decided unilaterally to soften political-asylum rules. Refugees and other immigrants who provide terrorists “limited material support” now can come to America. So what if someone merely clothed and fed Mohamed Atta or Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? After all, garments and meals don’t blow up. Welcome to America, Mustafa!

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is working hard to revoke the asylum of and deport the Romeikes....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
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1 posted on 02/17/2014 12:39:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The link is wrong.


2 posted on 02/17/2014 12:41:07 PM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I had my way
If I had my way in this wicked world
If I had my way
I would tear this old building down
— Rev Gary Davis


3 posted on 02/17/2014 12:41:13 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This looks like a potentially very good thread.

Let me introduce into this, American jobs.

America’s experiment with exporting American jobs has gone on too long, and needs to be reversed.

Now.

Bring back American jobs. Lots of American jobs.

Stop buying everything imported.

Just saying. America did not become strong, but buying things from China.

America grew strong by MAKING THINGS RIGHT HERE.

Bring back American jobs.


4 posted on 02/17/2014 12:43:01 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I posted this last year, didn’t get a lot of replies:

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3051983/posts


5 posted on 02/17/2014 12:43:19 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It is now like it was in the days of Noah - when violence and corruption ruled the world.

https://www.raptureready.com/featured/funk/noah.html

6 posted on 02/17/2014 12:44:44 PM PST by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
America’s experiment with exporting American jobs has gone on too long, and needs to be reversed

The jobs weren't exported. They were driven out by trial lawyers, unions, and zealous Federal regulators.

Until those things are fixed (with tort reform, right-to-work laws, and regulatory overhaul) the jobs will stay overseas.

7 posted on 02/17/2014 12:45:54 PM PST by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Those jobs aren't coming back, dude.

Even if the U.S. didn't import a single manufactured product from a foreign nation, we'd be producing those things here in heavily automated facilities that don't have many employees at all.

8 posted on 02/17/2014 12:47:12 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

http://www.thecitywire.com/node/31674#.UwJ1oIX-CJU


9 posted on 02/17/2014 12:48:30 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Spirochete

No sorry you are wrong.

American jobs were exported to China. Quite a lot in fact.

China now sells America 400 billion dollars every year.

America sells China 100+ billion.

Bring back AMERICAN JOBS. Now.


10 posted on 02/17/2014 12:48:53 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“America’s experiment with exporting American jobs has gone on too long, and needs to be reversed.”

The problem is, companies prefer to outsource to socialist/communist countries where costs/regs/bribes are pretty stable, rather than deal with our emerging socialist/communist where costs/regs/bribes are still in flux.


11 posted on 02/17/2014 12:49:51 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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12 posted on 02/17/2014 12:50:49 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) effectively tried to do this through legislation last fall, Democrats virtually lassoed and branded him.”

Democrats and Republicans....


13 posted on 02/17/2014 12:51:05 PM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Don’t expect that to happen. On top of all the other reasons given here, business is backing amnesty to get even more cheap labor for the few remaining jobs which haven’t been automated. I really don’t know who they expect to buy their goods, unless it’s government and the luxury trade, because when this is finished, middle class Americans won’t be able to, if there’s a middle class left. Right now, the middle class is being forced to subsidise the leeches at the very top and the very bottom.


14 posted on 02/17/2014 12:51:46 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: DonaldC

Costs in China are rising.

Furthermore, China owns (bottom line) ALL MANUFACTURING done in that country.

Even “American” companies have majority Chinese ownership.

Bring back US manufacturing.


15 posted on 02/17/2014 12:53:19 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: SVTCobra03

We are definitely in the Days of Lot and Days of Noah.


16 posted on 02/17/2014 12:54:52 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Decline” is too mild a word for America’s current descent. I’d use “all-out decay.” Obama’s rampant lawlessness, open-borders, and the cultural embrace of degeneracy like fag-marriage and dope...

America’s death-spiral has begun.


17 posted on 02/17/2014 12:55:32 PM PST by greene66
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To: Spirochete

“The jobs weren’t exported. They were driven out by trial lawyers, unions, and zealous Federal regulators.”

Absolutely right.


18 posted on 02/17/2014 12:57:24 PM PST by Paulie (Buy local, bank local, exert your influence locally; the left will fold like a cheap suit.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

If only it were that simple....


19 posted on 02/17/2014 12:58:08 PM PST by 556x45
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To: Alberta's Child
"Even if the U.S. didn't import a single manufactured product from a foreign nation, we'd be producing those things here in heavily automated facilities that don't have many employees at all. "

When about everything you guy is made elsewhere there are plenty of jobs to be brought back to the USA where they would pay taxes, buy products, get off unemployment and pay into SS.

20 posted on 02/17/2014 12:58:25 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: Spirochete

Don’t you get it? American jobs paying $15-20 an hour with benefits and gov’t taxes driving the cost up to $25-30 an hour along with massive restrictions and regulations by OSHA, EPA, Labor Dept., Interior Dept., will come back in droves from China to make $.05 trinkets to throw in a Happy Meal! /s

Some people have zero economic sense. Not every job in China replaced one in America.


21 posted on 02/17/2014 12:58:29 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

...That’s the good thing about being president,” Obama joked on February 10. “I can do whatever I want.”...

free at last (repeat twice more)


22 posted on 02/17/2014 12:59:09 PM PST by Recompennation (Constitutional protection for all not ju st selectively for Democrats.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The goal of International Communism has always been to first destroy the rule of law, then by extension the Republic of the USA.

They have known for at least 80 years they could not succeed without first accomplishing those two goals.

Never, ever ascribe to incompetence the actions of this POTUS. He and his cabal know exactly what they are doing.

23 posted on 02/17/2014 12:59:47 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Paulie

The “Bring Back the Jobs” crowd don’t realize that even if they did they’d be filled by illegal aliens and low paid unskilled morons.

Yeah, that’s the ticket to growth.


24 posted on 02/17/2014 1:00:17 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Alberta's Child
Even if the U.S. didn't import a single manufactured product from a foreign nation, we'd be producing those things here in heavily automated facilities that don't have many employees at all.

BS. Germany has the most advanced production facilities in the world that employ highly compensated workers and they don't have the mass unemployment we are experiencing here.

25 posted on 02/17/2014 1:00:34 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Fledermaus
Not every job in China replaced one in America.

Very true. China is supplying the WORLD and we're just a small (and shrinking) part of it.

26 posted on 02/17/2014 1:00:45 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Spirochete
The jobs weren't exported. They were driven out by trial lawyers, unions, and zealous Federal regulators.

Until those things are fixed (with tort reform, right-to-work laws, and regulatory overhaul) the jobs will stay overseas.

Absolutely correct.

27 posted on 02/17/2014 1:00:50 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: DJ MacWoW
Mechanisms of Control

Nicolae Ceausescu used varying mechanisms of control over the twenty four years of his regime to stay in power.

Cult of PersonalityThis mechanism of control is defined as “promotion of the image of an authoritarian leader not merely as a political figure but as someone who embodies the spirit of the nation and possesses endowments of wisdom and strength far beyond those of average individual and is thus portrayed in a quasi-religious manner.”[6] Nicolae had pictures of himself plastered all of Romania in a act of self promotion. In later years his wife Elena also had pictures of herself all over Romania, however she was set out very strict guidelines of what pictures could be permitted to be used.

28 posted on 02/17/2014 1:01:01 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: ex-snook
They're not coming back.

Check out the article linked in Post #9. The company profiled in that article currently has a sales force of 15 workers, and they're looking to bring their manufacturing back to Arkansas. They're going to employ all of 17 people when they do this -- and maybe get up to 74 full-time employees if the facility is running at full capacity in a few years. This is the kind of industry that probably employed hundreds of people at any one facility in the past.

Interestingly, it's the automation that's bringing these manufacturing processes back to the U.S. Chinese labor is cheaper than American labor, but an automated facility in the U.S. is cheaper to operate than an automated facility in China.

29 posted on 02/17/2014 1:05:09 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: SVTCobra03

Violence and corruption have been the long-standing “normal” condition of mankind. Fear and intimidation have always worked, every time they are tried, at least on the short term.

The states of violence and corruption are actually opposing motives in the seesaw of political change, with the growth of corruption finally causing the countervailing force of violence, which temporarily suppresses the corruption. For a very short period, the two forces are at relative equilibrium, until the violence recedes and corruption again gains the advantage.

The genius of the American idea is that the great gyrations between violence and corruption were largely damped down, for the most part, with the notable exception of the Civil War of 1861-1865. There have been other lesser surges to one extreme or the other, over the centuries of the existence of the nation once known as “the United States of America”, that has been fundamentally transformed into something most of its residents no longer recognize.

At the moment, corruption seems to have the dominant position in this territory.

Beware of the outwash when the tides turn.


30 posted on 02/17/2014 1:05:26 PM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; xzins
Obama now rules by decree. Reportedly for the 27th time, he has changed the rules of Obamacare singlehandedly, with neither congressional approval nor even ceremonial resolutions to limit his actions.

There are no changes.

The law stands as written.

If you own a business, you are subject to the business mandate and if you haven't complied, you are in violation of the LAW and YOU WILL BE FINED. Eventually someone will challenge Obama's waiver and it will be found to be invalid and every business that didn't provide a compliant policy to their employees will be fined. A lot of money. Which will go to the government.

Obama can't change the law. He can pretend to, but when push comes to shove every attempt at changing the law by fiat will be declared to be invalid and everyone who is counting on the waivers and postponements is going to be sorry they thought they could.

Obama is a liar. There is no waiver. If you haven't complied with the law, then you are breaking the law.

Think about it.

31 posted on 02/17/2014 1:08:05 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: F15Eagle

Excellent. We are in mourning.


32 posted on 02/17/2014 1:11:21 PM PST by yorkiemom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is the promised change. Destroy the nation. Destroy America as founded. Establish an Islamic republic here with Obama as sultan. This country will never be free again. The heavy hand of the communist government now in place will never allow America to recover. America does not have enough decent people left to take back the nation. Nope, toast. Done. Never recover. $17 Trillion in debt not counting social security, medicare and Obamacare. Pile all those together, probably $90 Trillion in the hole. There is not enough paper in Sodom on the Potomac or NY City to print that much money. Obama set out to destroy this county and he has basically succeeded. If he cannot get what he want via Congress, he simply imposes one of his illegal executive orders. Those pile up and our freedoms, right, etc. flow out the door like a river.

I have been watching The Revolution about the war for our independence on discovery this afternoon. Watching those reenactment troops going through the drills and enacting the old battles for our freedom. All that for nothing. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, all those proud and wonderful men and women who gave so much to found this Republic and now it is gone. Destroyed IN FIVE YEARS!!!!! What Jimmy Carter, Bush 1, Klinton, and Bush 2 could not accomplish, Obama has in five years.

33 posted on 02/17/2014 1:12:19 PM PST by RetiredArmy (God's judgment on America is here for us to see. If America does not wake up, it is going to suffer)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto
The Milken Institute did a study a few years ago about prospects for U.S. employment growth, and they cited Germany as an example of an advanced industrial economy. Here's the list of "positive" attributes they cited of the German economy:

1. a socialist government
2. a highly qualified labor force
3. developed infrastructure
4. a large and new capital asset base
5. minimal corruption
6. a high level of innovation

You'll notice that "low labor cost" is not among these. And you'll notice that Item #5 is sorely lacking in many parts of the U.S.

Comparing the U.S. to a highly homogenized modern socialist state in Europe doesn't do much to explain our competitive advantages and disadvantages compared to Asian countries.

34 posted on 02/17/2014 1:14:30 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: SVTCobra03
It is now like it was in the days of Noah - when violence and corruption ruled the world.

Sure looks that way.
35 posted on 02/17/2014 1:15:31 PM PST by Old Yeller
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To: RetiredArmy

We’ve been on the slide a lot longer than 5 years, maybe 55. Some would say since just after the turn of the 20th century.


36 posted on 02/17/2014 1:16:15 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SVTCobra03

yup.

don’t forget to include bammy being the Antichrist. The man of lawlessness. He changes the times and dates. He has no use for women. He is an angry young man. He has made America’s govt now not be a friend to Israel (the whole world goes against Israel), although he tries to have a veneer of friendship to keep rich liberal american jews donating to democrats.


37 posted on 02/17/2014 1:16:59 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: F15Eagle
We are definitely in the Days of Lot and Days of Noah.

I believe we are experiencing the beginning of God's judgement upon this country. Started with Obama, and if the country survives long enough, it will continue with Hellary.
38 posted on 02/17/2014 1:17:45 PM PST by Old Yeller
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To: Secret Agent Man

"Let me please introduce myself
I am a man of wealth and taste.
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a mans soul and faith
Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name".


39 posted on 02/17/2014 1:19:16 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Alberta's Child

Automation isn’t all about replacing humans, “dude”. Automation is about precision, repeatable processes (quality), and yes, speed. It is estimated that the companies who make automated tooling, robots, etc. employ just as many people as their products have replaced, plus you still need people to monitor and maintain those machines / production lines.

Also, any company who doesn’t automate where they can employs ZERO once the doors close.


40 posted on 02/17/2014 1:19:46 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: blackdog
Nicolae had pictures of himself plastered all of Romania in a act of self promotion. In later years his wife Elena also had pictures of herself all over Romania, however she was set out very strict guidelines of what pictures could be permitted to be used.

Here's the one I like best:


41 posted on 02/17/2014 1:20:55 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot

Me too. I just don’t want my door bashed in at 3:00AM over some video.


42 posted on 02/17/2014 1:24:00 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Alberta's Child


Even if the U.S. didn’t import a single manufactured product from a foreign nation, we’d be producing those things here in heavily automated facilities that don’t have many employees at all. “

Ever hear of people’less fabs? People are just to dirty to work in the new fabs. And, the few that must enter must be none smokers. The term hand crafted, as an affirmation of quality is an illusion. Real quality and hence reliability is derived through automation.


43 posted on 02/17/2014 1:25:19 PM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: P-Marlowe
Obama can't change the law. He can pretend to, but when push comes to shove every attempt at changing the law by fiat will be declared to be invalid and everyone who is counting on the waivers and postponements is going to be sorry they thought they could.

Of course he can "change the law." He simply has to refuse to enforce it -- and if the law is so unpopular that even many of the @ssholes who voted for it are running away from it, then Congress will never call him on it.

If you think this sounds outlandish, I'll point out just one simple example of how this has worked elsewhere:

The 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007, includes a mandate that all U.S.-bound containerized cargo must be scanned by X-ray machines before entering the United States. July 1, 2012 was the deadline established by Congress.

Everyone who worked in any industry that shipped products in shipping containers knew this was a joke, and that there was no way in hell this could be done.

That "mandate" is still the law of the land. July 1, 2012 came and went without so much as a whisper from the jack@sses in Washington who passed that bill and signed it into law. Today, approximately 4% of shipping containers bound for the U.S. from foreign countries are scanned by X-ray machine -- not much more than what was being scanned back in 2007 when the law was passed.

When Congress passes a law that can't be implemented, it simply never gets enforced. That's why it's easier to have some jug-eared nitwit announce these stupid "delays" and "extensions" for various provisions of ObamaCare.

Congress can't violate basic laws of economics any more easily than they can violate the basic laws of physics.

44 posted on 02/17/2014 1:26:29 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sad but good article.


45 posted on 02/17/2014 1:29:09 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maternity coverage for men? When did it become biologically possible for me to get pregnant?


46 posted on 02/17/2014 1:31:08 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Mich Patriot
Automation is about precision, repeatable processes (quality), and yes, speed.

In other words: replacing humans. Right?

I can't think of a single technological advance that wasn't aimed at replacing human labor with something that was more efficient (by some objective measure) than humans. Isn't this how we ended up with a situation in North America where the U.S. military chased away primitive tribes from a civilization that didn't even have something as simple as a wheel?

47 posted on 02/17/2014 1:31:18 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: snoringbear

Automation requires thousands of jobs to accomplish, install, and support. If not done right and such overheads are defered, the results are disasterous and in most cases ends the company which embraced the notion that automation replaces people. All it does is bring down per unit cost to manufacture, and only if.....you can capture and keep enough market share to invest the stockholders cash in such directions.


48 posted on 02/17/2014 1:31:55 PM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: RetiredArmy

~~~This is the promised change. Destroy the nation. Destroy America as founded.~~~

A particular preacher I’ve spoken with used to quote this regularly. It completely describes the political show in this nation - especially the Democrats:

Isaiah 28:15

King James Version (KJV)

15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death,
and with hell are we at agreement;
when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us:
for we have made lies our refuge,
and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+28:15&version=KJV


49 posted on 02/17/2014 1:33:15 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: SamAdams76

Maybe it’s to pay Sandy Fluk & Julia if their man forgets his free govt provided sheath and she contracts another STD?


50 posted on 02/17/2014 1:33:34 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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