Month: September 2007

The Wal-mart you don’t know

(with apologies to my friend the WM manager) The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know The giant retailer’s low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart’s relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs overseas. Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line? An interesting story that has potentially huge implications. The author discusses in great detail the pressure that Wal-Mart puts on suppliers, how that causes many to outsource production — often to China — and the results this can ultimately have on the supplier. I see a larger problem in this cycle: WM pressures lowering of prices. Supplier complies, ends up outsourcing many jobs. Jobs lost here end up in China. Goods come from China, sold in massive quantities in WM (remember how, only a few years ago, WM touted “Made in America” and then “Made in America, when we can find it”). American consumers buy the goods, lots of those dollars end up in China. China’s economy grows. China loans those dollars back to us in U.S. debt. U.S. pays gobs of interest to China. China grows more. China builds up international prowess, armies, nukes, etc. Can YOU speak Chinese?  I can’t. Like this:Like...

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The first motorcycle

Well, the first for just sporting pleasure, was a Honda CB750-4. Bought in 1978 when some friends in Big Spring with whom I had been riding trails and enduro machines suggested I join them in a trip to Pikes Peak. It was Labor Day 1978 and we made it to the top of Pikes Peak although the carburator fed motors were struggling mightily. More about the trip later, if I think of it, but here is a YouTube clip of the CB750. All that they say is true — it was a truly sweet machine. Like this:Like...

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