The Kaepernik Effect

Nike bet big on Colin Kaepernik and Black Lives Matter. They made their stance a major part of their marketing strategy. Like many in the corporate world, They forgot one simple thing, got woke, and are going broke. That simple thing? It’s the product that’s important, not a political message that may insult the customer.

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Horseshoe Nails.

For the last forty years or so, the trend in American politics, culture and the intellectual elites of the country has been to ignore the deindustrialization of the country. In fact the elites have been enablers of the process through polices and behaviors that strangled the industrial companies and their business.

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Musing About Pencils

When I was growing up there was a small pencil factory in town, the Ruwe pencil company.  They had their shop in a small building on the West side of town and I think that just about every pencil in school came from them.  I think that I went on at least one field trip there as well.  At least I remember the mills and gluing machines working away.

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Operations Should Never Impinge On Delivery

I’ve been a transportation watcher most of my life, which is a long time now.  So the recent United Airlines incident was especially appalling to me. Frankly at this point, I wonder if United will even survive the bad optics they created.  Having screaming old men bleeding as they are dragged off an aircraft to not make for good optics.

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