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To: FUBHO who wrote (487516)5/18/2012 12:37:37 AM
From: Sr K
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The way I remember Unsafe at Any Speed, its impact was not to hasten the demise of the Corvair, but to draw U.S. national attention to the need for not relying on manufacturers for safety, and specifically it led to the phasing in of seat belts. Belts only, shoulder harnesses came much later.


Seatbelts affected almost everybody who bought a new car. The Corvair being discontinued still left a door open for Ford's Pinto.


from Wikipedia

Theme

Unsafe at Any Speed is often characterized as the book "about the Corvair", though only one of the book's eight chapters covers the Corvair. The theme of tire pressures chosen for comfort rather than safety is recurrent, and the main theme throughout is the way in which the automobile industry evaded even well-founded and technically informed criticism.

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"The engineers"


Chapter 5 is about Detroit automotive engineers' general unwillingness to focus on road-safety improvements for fear of alienating the buyer or making cars too expensive. Nader counters by pointing out that, at the time, annual (and unnecessary) styling changes added on average about $700 to the consumer cost of a new car. This compared to an average expenditure in safety by the automotive companies of about twenty-three cents per car. [2]:p187


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To: LindyBill who wrote (487419)5/18/2012 12:41:08 AM
From: KLP
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Are you better off than you were four years ago?



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To: Alan Smithee who wrote (487528)5/18/2012 12:45:42 AM
From: MJ
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Another statement such as with Obama who has 'evolved' in his opinion on marriage.

According to that piece of information, Obama "evolved" from being a citizen of Kenya
to being the President of the USA. Magical

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To: Brumar89 who wrote (487498)5/18/2012 12:46:35 AM
From: Sr K
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Why do you refer to Hawaii as HA?

Did you copy this paragraph or are these your words?

I think Obama looks more like Frank Marshall Davis.

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To: LindyBill who wrote (487426)5/18/2012 12:58:31 AM
From: KLP
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We will be paying a stiff price for Obama, years after he is sent packing....
Barry Rubin: Let’s be clear here: A proper U.S. policy would help moderate Syrians overthrow the Assad dictatorship and make sure weapons went to the best elements in the Free Syrian Army’s decentralized forces. Such a policy would make sure to deny money, weapons, and power to the Islamists and Salafists, who are proportionately far weaker in Syria than in Egypt.

Obama policy follows the worst possible course. It minimizes U.S. help to the revolution while at the same time ensuring that a disproportionately large amount goes to Islamists

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To: LindyBill who wrote (487519)5/18/2012 12:58:51 AM
From: Sr K
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It won't help Romney, it won't reach the Independents, it will only reach those who already support Romney or who think he's a RINO.

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To: simplicity who wrote (487430)5/18/2012 1:07:31 AM
From: KLP
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While most of America go about their daily lives, working and supporting their families, it seems there are others among us who believe truly unspeakable things.... Words fail, as contempt is so high.... but Jonah Goldberg does have this, and it is truly an understatement:


In other words, these people are bat-guano crazy.

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To: Carolyn who wrote (487431)5/18/2012 1:11:32 AM
From: KLP
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Thanks to both of you for keeping us up to date.....My fairly new computer is still in the Geek Squad Hospital (faulty mother board and memory). and working on the old and very slow one is timeconsuming, to be polite about it.....This thing would balk at even trying to do something quickly......

Good Luck. Chuck!

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To: Tom Clarke who wrote (487298)5/18/2012 2:08:53 AM
From: FUBHO
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Europe rocked by Spanish banking crisis

BEN CHU

FRIDAY 18 MAY 2012
independent.co.uk

The flames of the eurozone crisis leapt higher yesterday, as fears spread about the state of the Continent's most vulnerable banks.

Shares in the Spanish lender, Bankia, plummeted 30 per cent at one stage in trading, following a report that customers had withdrawn €1bn in deposits since the Madrid government was forced to part-nationalise the bank last week.

Bankia released a statement in the afternoon saying that the deposit fall was simply a seasonal effect rather than a bank run. This served to stabilise the share price, but the lender still ended up losing 14 per cent of its value.


Market fears intensified last night when the credit rating agency Moody's downgraded 16 Spanish banks, a move likely to push up the cost of funding and further undermine confidence. Santander UK was also downgraded, but has a higher rating than its Spanish parent company.

Yesterday's Spanish panic followed a warning earlier in the week from the Greek President, Karolos Papoulias, that savers had withdrawn €700m (£560m) from Greek banks since the country's inconclusive election result on 6 May. Markets have also been spooked by revelations that Greek banks are now unable to access certain forms of liquidity support from the European Central Bank. And last night credit ratings agency Fitch downgraded Greece to CCC from B-, the lowest possible for a country that is not in default.

The fragile European financial system has moved to the centre of the sovereign debt crisis. The dominant fear is that a Greek exit from the eurozone will prompt a series of runs on weaker banks across the Continent, stretching the resources of governments beyond breaking point and forcing nations such as Spain and Italy to seek official assistance from the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund.

The Spanish banking sector is a particular source of alarm. Analysts estimate the nation's lenders could be sitting on unrecognised bad property loans of up to €100bn. The Spanish government last week unveiled a plan to require its banks to put aside an extra €30bn against future possible losses and announced an independent audit of its lenders' balance sheets. But that was seen as inadequate to restore confidence. Madrid has been encouraged to seek support now for its banking sector from the European bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility.

In Athens yesterday, a caretaker government was sworn in after the largest political parties failed to form a coalition. The interim Greek cabinet includes a former head of the army, Frangos Frangoulis, a former police chief, Eleftherios Ekonomou, and a professor of constitutional law, Antonios Manitakis. This administration, led by senior judge Panagiotis Pikramenos, will run Greece until new elections are held on 17 June.

Opinion polls suggest Syriza, a far-left party that refuses to accept the austerity demanded of Greece by its eurozone partners and the IMF, will win the biggest share of the national vote next month. Senior European politicians have warned that, unless the next Greek government signs up to further austerity and economic reforms, Athens's bailout funds will be cut off. This would prompt a default by Greece on its debt and an exit from the single currency.

The uncertainty over the future of the single currency hit the value of the euro. It fell to a four-month low against the dollar at €1.2730. The euro also slipped to its lowest level against the Japanese Yen since February.

In New York, in a speech to the UN, the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, was due to pledge support to the Greek people provided they honoured their commitments. A pre-released text of his speech said: "We want Greece to stay in the euro area and the European Union will do all it takes to ensure it... We will honour our commitments toward Greece and we expect the Greek government – current and future – to fulfil jointly agreed conditions for financial assistance." However, delivering the speech, Mr Barroso omitted any mention of Greece.

Stuart Gulliver, group chief executive of HSBC, said that there was a risk that markets would take a drastic downward lurch even before next month's Greek election. "It's absolutely how the eurozone plays out and whether Greece stays in, and/or whether firewalls are high enough to protect Spain and frankly whether markets take things into their own hands before 17 June," he said.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (487516)5/18/2012 2:40:11 AM
From: MJ
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POLITICAL WORD GAMES

The left is great for giving ideas titles. For a long time it was NOT PC, "Not politically correct." Finally Americans are shedding that label and having the courage to say what they think .

Enter a new word in the vocabulary of the left"-----"birther.

Now anyone who questions the leader of the left is suddenly a birther. This title has backfired. What is a birther? Is it someone who has a baby or helps one to have a baby? (See how ridiculous that word is. )

When the questions surrounding Obama's origins were being discussed throughout the world and producing law suits that the Obama Campaign avoided, the term "birthers" was created as a pejorative term by the left.

The term was used to discredit anyone who would deign to question Obama's origins. "How dare anyone doubt the guru of the left."

This was intimidation much as Obama used the expression in Virginia "lipstick on a pig", and snearing at the West Virginians and the Tennessee people and the Kentuckians for living in the country and going to Church while carrying their Bibles-------and toting their guns.

Just say the word ' birther' and then see how you feel-----let the word roll off of your tongue. This is psychological intimidation. Oh so you are a 'bir----rrr--ther". How could you possibly be a 'birther?"

Why has the left's label backfired? By coining a word to denigrate, they have brought awareness to a very serious question to the point that the majority of Americans now question his credentials to be President of the USA.



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