Archive for March, 2012

Once Again, Media Misses the Bigger Picture

By now I’m sure many of you have heard about the todo between the producers of This American Life, a weekly radio show carried nationally by hundreds of Public Radio affiliates, and playwright/actor Mike Daisey. Daisey, who wrote and stars in a one-man show called The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, a monologue […]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (3/23/2012)

Citing one sobering report issued this week, Reuters reminds us that in the opinion of some experts the U.S. factory and service job exodus is not over yet.  CNN Money weighs in on the report as well. Writing in the Washington Post on the report, blogger Peter Whoriskey says that outsourcing has caused fictional productivity gains. Hard […]

One Belt Shaking Off Its Rust

This week we learned what people in my part of the country have sensed for quite some time: that things are continuing to get better around here.  It was not that long ago that America’s Factory Belt – that stretch of Northeast blue-collar towns along the Great Lakes from Massachusetts to Wisconsin, an area many […]