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Did You Hear the News? U.S. Manufacturing is Fine, Really

I was surprised to read in the Wall Street Journal that American manufacturing is just fine. In “The Truth About U.S. Manufacturing” (Feb 25, 2011) Mark J. Perry, professor of economics at the University of Michigan and visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says “endless laments in the news that ‘nothing is made inContinue Reading “Did You Hear the News? U.S. Manufacturing is Fine, Really”

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Field Research: “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

Lynn Deregowski (“The Cat’s Pajama’s“) sent me a heads-up about “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” a show currently playing at the Berkeley Rep. “Just thought you’d like to know,” she wrote in her email, “seeing it is in our backyard.” The only tickets left were for yesterday’s matinee. It also happened toContinue Reading “Field Research: “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs””

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Part Two: The True Cost of Foreign-Made Jeans {A Conversation with Lawson Nickol}

Lawson Nickol is an American maverick. At a time when most American clothing is made offshore–including Levi Strauss & Co’s iconic jeans–Nickol’s All American Clothing Co lives up to its name. It’s absolutely, positively 100 percent Certified Made in the USA. Cue the fireworks. Play John Philip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. Lawson Nickol deserves,Continue Reading “Part Two: The True Cost of Foreign-Made Jeans {A Conversation with Lawson Nickol}”

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Part One: The True Cost of Foreign-Made Jeans

From U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: New unemployment insurance claims in January, 2011 (in a single month): 246,463 Total manufacturing jobs lost in January, 2011 (in a single month): 75,006 Total textile mills jobs lost in  January, 2011 (in a single month): 4,455 Quote: “January had 1,534 mass layoffs involving 149,799 workers, slightly higher thanContinue Reading “Part One: The True Cost of Foreign-Made Jeans”

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A Long and Winding Post

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  –Charles Dickens * Oh let us love our occupations / Bless the squire and his relations, Live upon our daily rations / And always know our proper stations.                                                                                                               —Charles Dickens Prelude Yesterday morning, bright and early, the Roto-Rooter guy arrived to unclogContinue Reading “A Long and Winding Post”

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Does This Skype Camera Make My Blog Look Big?

A few weeks ago, at the suggestion of my wise friend Anna, I sent a query off to the producers at ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Since they had recently launched their “Made in America Challenge,” might they be interested in my own similarly-themed project? To be honest, I’d pretty much forgotten about myContinue Reading “Does This Skype Camera Make My Blog Look Big?”

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While We Were Sleeping

How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale! How cheerfully he seems to grin, How neatly spreads his claws, And welcomes little fishes in With gently smiling jaws!                          –Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland * “Those who have compared our life to a dreamContinue Reading “While We Were Sleeping”

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My Funny Valentine

Don and I have never experienced a Valentine’s Day quite like this one. It’s certainly the first time we’ve ever discussed our country’s trade imbalance over dinner. I’ve never before brought findings by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to the table. We had barbequed Porterhouse steak, organic sweet broccoli sautéed inContinue Reading “My Funny Valentine”