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... Read more
The euro has fallen (vs the US dollar) from $1.50+ to $1.24. The decline will, we believe, continue. The Obama-like philosophies of Western Europe have led to a crisis point – not only in Greece, but in Spain and, to a lesser extent, all over Europe. Don’t expect a quick bounce back in the currency or the economy. I always believed that the European union would eventually fail - still do.
Rather than run from disastrous policies that have created the problems in Europe, Obama and his party embrace them. Continue Reading
Just for fun, three fascinating areas in which science is making headway can be found here. A review of the two items I found most fun and interesting follow.
Cool Discovery #1: Energizing batteries
Electronics companies continually pursue better ways to power the myriad portable electronic devices on the market such as iPods, cell phones, and PDAs. Longer lasting, more efficient batteries certainly help, but they also require regular recharging. Recharging a device is typically nothing more than an inconvenience. But during prolonged power outages Continue Reading
The Post Office lost $1.9 billion over the last six months. No salaries were cut. No retirement benefits were cut. No health care benefits were cut. No retiree health care benefits were cut. It was business as usual with none of the hugely expensive employee benefits being cut. See the Postal Service report here. Continue Reading
A good friend clued me on to the attached story. Very interesting! You will enjoy reading American Made, Chinese Owned. A few passages follow, but take a few minutes and read this well-written report.
But for hundreds of Chinese companies like Yuncheng, the U.S. has become a better, less expensive place to set up shop. It could be the biggest role reversal since, well … when Nixon went to China. “The gap between manufacturing costs in the U.S. and China is shrinking,” explains John Ling, a naturalized American from China who runs the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s business recruitment office in Shanghai…
Not often, but after some posts I regret being a little too aggressive. About an equal number of other posts are judged, retrospectively, to have been too soft. ”Soft” is how I felt about yesterdays two posts. We let the media and the President off too easily. It was convenient then that we received a comment from a reader. I will take the opportunity to respond to that comment here. Before going on you might want to read the two short posts dated May 11. Continue Reading
Some kraft pulp companies have been able to squeeze more funds out of U.S. tax payers for what we hope is the final quarter. The Dead Tree covers the story here.
Just finished the previous post and noticed this story. This one is in the same vein, but even harder to believe. The President believes his poicies are unpopular because we are being confused by all the information available on the Internet. Oh, the horror that this could create! See passages below and the full story here. Continue Reading
Where ever we look government organizations are encroaching on private business like an out of control cancer. The numerous programs that attack the mythological horrors of climate change can show up practically anywhere. Last week, foresters in both Oregon and California warned us that new regulations (not always related to climate change) are forcing even more land owners out of the forestry business. Continue Reading
According to an online media organization, WhatTheyThink, March 2010 commercial printing shipments were $7.39 billion, down -4.4% compared to March of 2009. Adjusting for inflation, shipments were down -6.5%. Continue Reading