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Old 07-22-2013, 09:38 AM  
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25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head

It is so sad to watch one of America's greatest cities die a horrible death. Once upon a time, the city of Detroit was a teeming metropolis of 1.8 million people and it had the highest per capita income in the United States. Now it is a rotting, decaying hellhole of about 700,000 people that the rest of the world makes jokes about. On Thursday, we learned that the decision had been made for the city of Detroit to formally file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. It was going to be the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States by far, but on Friday it was stopped at least temporarily by an Ingham County judge. She ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy filing violates the Michigan Constitution because it would result in reduced pension payments for retired workers. She also stated that Detroit's bankruptcy filing was "also not honoring the (United States) president, who took (Detroit’s auto companies) out of bankruptcy", and she ordered that a copy of her judgment be sent to Barack Obama. How "honoring the president" has anything to do with the bankruptcy of Detroit is a bit of a mystery, but what that judge has done is ensured that there will be months of legal wrangling ahead over Detroit's money woes. It will be very interesting to see how all of this plays out. But one thing is for sure - the city of Detroit is flat broke. One of the greatest cities in the history of the world is just a shell of its former self. The following are 25 facts about the fall of Detroit that will leave you shaking your head...

1) At this point, the city of Detroit owes money to more than 100,000 creditors.

2) Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities. That breaks down to more than $25,000 per resident.

3) Back in 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.

4) In 1950, there were about 296,000 manufacturing jobs in Detroit. Today, there are less than 27,000.

5) Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.

6) There are lots of houses available for sale in Detroit right now for $500 or less.

7) At this point, there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.

8) About one-third of Detroit's 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

9) An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

10) Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.

11) If you can believe it, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

12) Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, but over the past 60 years the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.

13) The city of Detroit is now very heavily dependent on the tax revenue it pulls in from the casinos in the city. Right now, Detroit is bringing in about 11 million dollars a month in tax revenue from the casinos.

14) There are 70 "Superfund" hazardous waste sites in Detroit.

15) 40 percent of the street lights do not work.

16) Only about a third of the ambulances are running.

17) Some ambulances in the city of Detroit have been used for so long that they have more than 250,000 miles on them.

18) Two-thirds of the parks in the city of Detroit have been permanently closed down since 2008.

19) The size of the police force in Detroit has been cut by about 40 percent over the past decade.

20) When you call the police in Detroit, it takes them an average of 58 minutes to respond.

21) Due to budget cutbacks, most police stations in Detroit are now closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

22) The violent crime rate in Detroit is five times higher than the national average.

23) The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

24) Today, police solve less than 10 percent of the crimes that are committed in Detroit.

25) Crime has gotten so bad in Detroit that even the police are telling people to "enter Detroit at your own risk".

It is easy to point fingers and mock Detroit, but the truth is that the rest of America is going down the exact same path that Detroit has gone down.

Detroit just got there first.

All over this country, there are hundreds of state and local governments that are also on the verge of financial ruin...

"Everyone will say, 'Oh well, it's Detroit. I thought it was already in bankruptcy,' " said Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone. "But Detroit is not unique. It's the same in Chicago and New York and San Diego and San Jose. It's a lot of major cities in this country. They may not be as extreme as Detroit, but a lot of them face the same problems."

A while back, Meredith Whitney was highly criticized for predicting that there would be a huge wave of municipal defaults in this country. When it didn't happen, the critics let her have it mercilessly.

But Meredith Whitney was not wrong.

She was just early.

Detroit is only just the beginning. When the next major financial crisis strikes, we are going to see a wave of municipal bankruptcies unlike anything we have ever seen before.

And of course the biggest debt problem of all in this country is the U.S. government. We are going to pay a great price for piling up nearly 17 trillion dollars of debt and over 200 trillion dollars of unfunded liabilities.

All over the nation, our economic infrastructure is being gutted, debt levels are exploding and poverty is spreading. We are consuming far more wealth than we are producing, and our share of global GDP has been declining dramatically.

We have been living way above our means for so long that we think it is "normal", but an extremely painful "adjustment" is coming and most Americans are not going to know how to handle it.

So don't laugh at Detroit. The economic pain that Detroit is experiencing will be coming to your area of the country soon enough.

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How is this not an article about some third world country?

Meet Detroit, flagship of unions, liberalism, and Obama voters.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:30 AM   #121
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You are truly pathetic. You can't understand nor actually refute anything so you completely change what it says to fit your agenda. You don't even have to accept evolution, in fact you can completely disregard it if you choose. But that doesn't change the fact that even a remedial level reader can understand that calling evolution a creation myth is neither insulting nor applicable. It only insults your intelligence. You are well above the remedial level at that though so there is no surprise from my end.
Hey, I get it, you're uber sensitive when it comes to people mocking your Victorian Era mystery religion. It's ok, I understand.

I get that way sometimes with all the Jesus jokes.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:34 AM   #122
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The Origin of Species, is a book about natural selection. The title doesn't of the book is not defining the actual Theory of evolution. The Theory of evolution was established by the entire scientific community. Not Charles Darwin directly or entirely. The Theory of Evolution describes what we know to be true about evolution, and not everything there is to know.
Right so the primary cell that magically appeared from which all living creatures evolved from wasn't a creation. It just... was.

I got it, now.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:37 AM   #123
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Yes, science has provided evidence of evolution in many ways. It's not really debatable.
It's kind of like Extra Terrestrial Life, right? I mean, we can't prove it, but c'mon. Look at the size of the universe, there's gotta be something out there besides us.

Right? Right.

So let's all form a circle around any and all skeptics and point at them and laugh.

That's some awesome "scientific theory".
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:42 AM   #124
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4) In 1950, there were about 296,000 manufacturing jobs in Detroit. Today, there are less than 27,000.

5) Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.

6) There are lots of houses available for sale in Detroit right now for $500 or less.

7) At this point, there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.

8) About one-third of Detroit's 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

9) An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

10) Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.
It's ironic how this thread was hijacked by Darwiniacs talking about survival of the fittest.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:02 AM   #125
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Right so the primary cell that magically appeared from which all living creatures evolved from wasn't a creation. It just... was.

I got it, now.
WTF are you talking about? What primary cell? Evolution makes no claims about any primary cell or all life forming from a primary cell.

Have you ever scienced before?

Evolution explains the way existing species change over time. That's it. It's not a catch all scientific theory that explains the entire history of life, and certainly not creation. It doesn't address abiogenesis, and was never meant to. The Theory of Evolution requires existing species.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:57 AM   #126
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This is why the brighter Darwinians end up sounding like Scientologists in order to cling to their mystery religion.



Crick, winner of the Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of DNA, hypothesized that highly intelligent extraterrestrials sent living cells to Earth on an unmanned spaceship, a theory he set forth in his 1981 book, "Life Itself."

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Itself-It.../dp/0671255630

Haven't read it. Never will.

I do note that his theory is actually more likely than the Bible's "theory" of creation.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:59 AM   #127
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It's kind of like Extra Terrestrial Life, right? I mean, we can't prove it, but c'mon. Look at the size of the universe, there's gotta be something out there besides us.

Right? Right.

So let's all form a circle around any and all skeptics and point at them and laugh.

That's some awesome "scientific theory".
God created the Earth, and the entire universe around us, just to entertain us, and to keep astrophysicists employed, fo course.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:01 PM   #128
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Hey, I get it, you're uber sensitive when it comes to people mocking your Victorian Era mystery religion. It's ok, I understand.

I get that way sometimes with all the Jesus jokes.

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Old 07-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #129
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You've become the bitter moonbat he describes. Just because you can't admit that he has been correct on Detroit, so you resort to attacking his faith. I imagine that is to try to rile him up so you can get him banned again. The truth is, Comrade Crapski has been correct about many things concerning your party/ideology/president. If you don't want to read it, lock yourself up in your little box and pretend like it didn't happen, lol.

Detroit is only the entree, in this mess you statists helped to create by promising so much treasury for so many people, for their votes, to help build your power. In fact, you've spent the treasury of future generations in order to hold on to power now, yet you cannot see how selfish that has been. The statists have had their experiment in this country and it's failing to the tune of 17 Trillion dollars, it's time to start voting them out. Not sure if that will help at this point but we at least have to try to help save the future of this country.

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Old 07-26-2013, 02:03 PM   #130
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Old 07-26-2013, 02:06 PM   #131
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I never knew Amnorix was an atheist. Somehow, I missed that...
You don't necessarily have to be an atheist to realize the literal biblical account of creation is bullshit...
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I never knew Amnorix was an atheist. Somehow, I missed that...
He's another dumbass like Fish, Cosmo & KC Native, so of course he is. Stupid does stupid.
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I never knew Amnorix was an atheist. Somehow, I missed that...
I don't like to plug the guy but he's not an evangelical atheist and respects the beliefs of others even if he doesn't agree. Unlike some of the other religion haters around here. I find that one to be out of character for him....but let's face it bad behavior can be contagious.
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Right so the primary cell that magically appeared from which all living creatures evolved from wasn't a creation. It just... was.

I got it, now.
This is precisely correct.

Since you insist on not understanding, I'll explain it to you. Darwin's Origin of the Species PRESUMES the existence of life.

Darwin's book was about how natural selection caused new species to arise from already-existing species (among other theories). Yet, Darwin's book said NOTHING about where life came from in the first place. It's completely silent on the issue.

The only reason Darwin's book gets associated with creation theories is because it contradicts literal interpretations of Genesis---in short it challenges Christian creation beliefs held by fundamentalists.
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