We have secured several consulting projects during the last few weeks, so I will not have time to post stories for the next two months or so. When I do come back, the Blog will be less active. The audience for Paper and Other Absolute Truths has remained, for the most part, those individuals who work in the paper and related industries. Readership is almost always highest when reports cover paper or paper/environmental topics. When we begin again in October, the plan is to post 2-5 paper/environmental reports a month. As time allows, and venting seems emotionally cathartic, I will delve into other subjects – but to a much lesser degree than has been the case previously.
Also, I apologize that the “NewVerso” story, which was to be posted in July, will have to be delayed.
In perusing our media sources we found nothing worthy of a Weekly Feature, and I did not have the time to write one, so we will try for next week-end.
Now for the quiz. We just finished our April Reel Time. In that report we mentioned that the following newsprint mills had been recently shutdown, or closures had been announced. Your question is, “What do they all have in common that contributed to their demise?
AbitibiBowater at Thorold Ontario
Atlantic Packaging Newsprint machine at Whitby Ontario
Blue Heron at Oregon City Oregon (in bankruptcy but still might be producing some newsprint)
White Birch at Newberg Oregon ( pm #5 probably down permanently, but this has not been made official)
The Canadians have a reputation for being very tolerant and open to other points of view – never taking offense. I decided to test that theory this week. See the Weekly Feature above, Which Country Has Universal Health Care? I am hoping to keep all my Canadian friends, but would also like to contribute to an electoral revolution in November. I think you will find this report very helpful. Let me know what you think, and pass it along.
The next paper report, Reconstructing the Coated Price Increase, part two is finished and will be posted later on Monday.
The Weekly Feature covers a remarkable ”good news” story that still gets little press. Thanks to a new technological breakthrough, we have an abundance of natural gas at our disposal. This new development has the potential to change everything, from an energy standpoint. I trust you will find part one of this report worth your time. If you are receiving this by RSS or email, you might want to go to the home page of our Blog for this report. The graphs don’t always show up in the proper order on the emails and RSS. We have a new Strange-But-True item for you as well, so this gives you another reason to visit the home page at some point.
I learned late last week that one version of the Internet Explorer Browser has a little glitch that developed for some reason. The black navigator bar is off center. We hope to have that resolved soon.
Reel Time is planned for distribution next Monday.
Reel Time subscribers will receive the annual “report card” issue today. The next monthly issue is planned for March 1 availability.
The Weekly Feature posted today covers a favorite topic – why we believe what we believe. It is an important subject that allows us to understand why individuals see the same evidence so differently. In this case the background is global warming but the same phenomenon occurs in every other complex issue where personal egos are involved.
We will get back to evidentiary based global warming posts in the days ahead but I trust you will find this subject matter worthy of a Weekly Feature.
We also updated our strange-but-true feature this morning.