Saturday, July 04, 2015

If you are reading this, you have probably missed the best seat for the fireworks.

July 4, 2015
By Liz Kruetz

At the Fourth of July (click here) parade Hillary Clinton marched in today in Gorham, New Hampshire, reporters following the candidate were kept -- and at moments, dragged -- behind an actual moving rope line. 

The rope, which two Clinton staffers held on to on either side, was meant to give Clinton space as she walked down the parade route, but photos of reporters being dragged behind the rope as she marched have gone viral on Twitter....

Stop whining and accept the fact every breath the former Secretary takes is scandal on Twitter. 

She actually marched in a parade. I am impressed. At a time when the country is worried about the security of the country, Hillary Clinton marched in a Fourth of July parade. She loves this country. Those along the parade route, including journalists had a real treat to have here there. 

I really don't care to hear the noise about an obvious security measure.

If it were me, I would ask my staff and body guards to find a room with a balcony where I could watch the fireworks in complete safety. So, get used to the idea Hillary is a very important person requiring protections.  

The USA rarely asks what warehouse do to the environment and why re-shoring is a great idea.

The idea of reshoring USA manufacturing has an environmental uptick. Big box stores such as Walmart import a great deal of their inventory from overseas due to cheap labor. That results in larger and more warehouses in the USA. 

When one realizes manufacturing in the USA has many benefits including supervision to better quality control, the warehousing demands goes down. When one realizes how much land is lost in the USA to warehouses, it is far easier to understand how the natural world gets a break when the USA economy is based more in demand than supply. Supply economics is definitely more hostile to open spaces of land. 

Improved quality in manufacturing while states work with their private companies to make it happen will find warehouses empty and expensive. At that point the warehouses become a drag on the profits of a company and can be jettisoned. 

When a company wants to rid themselves of a warehouse, they'll find a lack of demand by companies trying to rid themselves of their warehouses. When that happens the opportunity for home real estate and/or a repurchase by the state to create or expand parks and recreational areas will present itself.

The other possibility for warehouses that are no longer needed is agriculture. States can take an active interest in providing affordable land to farmers to build a homestead agricultural enterprise that caters to quality food and organic products.  

June 2, 2014
By Joseph Cress

...Beyond the starry nights (click here) and peaceful quiet, something else disappeared as farmland was sold off and developed.

“There was one house built in the French-Colonial manner across from the livestock market,” Heishman said. “That was destroyed. It was the only house in this area built of that design, and now it’s gone forever. You can replace a warehouse over time, but you’ll never be able to bring the colonial farms back to life again.”

By his count, as many as seven Revolutionary War-era farms have been lost to progress in recent years. Many have been paved over for use as warehouses.
“It’s horrible,” Heishman said. “You lose a piece of history that your children will never get to witness. It’s now all gone. I’m all for people using their land, but you got to be stewards of history.”....

While converting an old warehouse into a business complex doesn't seem like an improvement for the environment, consider there will be energy efficient offices, some new green spots within the complex and far smaller areas to heat and cool than a huge warehouse. It is good decision by everyone.

Creating small office complexes out of old warehouses is also an invitation to a local economy improvement and growing volume of services and products. 

December 23, 2014
By Jeff Brown

WHAT WAS THERE (click here)

...The old warehouse at 850 New Burton Road was torn down earlier this month, said Bob MacLeish, the owner of Magnolia-based Lighthouse Construction Inc., which is in charge of constructing the new building.

The empty warehouse had been home to a Southern States agricultural supply cooperative and more recently was used as a training site for the Dover Fire Department.

In an effort to take down the old building while preserving the environment, work crews from Lancaster, Pa., were brought in to raze the building bit by bit, he said.

“When we took the building down, I’d say 80 percent of it will be reused,” MacLeish said. “Some of the old wood and beams were taken back to Lancaster for people who want to use that type of wood and all of the steel beams were recycled.”...

This is what the USA meets with when the military is dedicated to buying American. Quality control is an issue with some of the remaining manufacturing facilities. Why?

It is rather strange to have people complain manufacturing in the USA is more expensive while having quality issues. The USA may be having problems with quality engineers, but, that should not exist. I don't buy it. There are graduates coming out of USA universities at least twice a year. Where are they going?

Get the manufacturing quality solved and the productions will go up while the costs go down. The graph of US manufacturing facilities need a little more research. Some, but, not all; may have been purchased by the company contracting with them as the product sales increased.

They are our soldiers and our equipment, it is manufactured at home with USA oversight and regulation. Do you believe this? Imagine what will happen if the trade agreements are passed.

New Balance is marketing what they call a military collection to the public. (click here)  

In 1994, New Balance manufactured 70% of its shoes in the United States. In 2006, New Balance stated on its customer help site that "approximately 25% of the New Balance shoes sold in North America are Made in the USA and we will continue domestic manufacturing." According to Fortune Magazine in 2006, "about 70 percent of its shoes are now made in China and the other 5 percent in Vietnam.

July 4, 2014

Last April, (click here) the Department of defence announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 per cent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to American-made goods.

Over a year after the announcement, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have still not purchased a single sneaker that meets the exacting standards of the 1941 law, known as the Berry Amendment.

Matthew LeBretton, New Balance's vice president of public affairs, is convinced the delays are deliberate "payback" for companies like New Balance that have been vocally lobbying for the change for years.

"We've pushed and pushed to the point where we're at now, and we're still encountering tremendous resistance," he said. "They're not used to being pushed that way and I think that's engendered this animosity."

Mark Wright, a spokesman for the Department of defence, said the department is simply continuing to test Berry-compliant sneakers....

USA small companies were abandoned with their bailouts of 2008-9. It is time to include USA small businesses in military acquisition. They can't compete at all in the USA and are forced to move their manufacturing to China. It is time the USA military place USA manufactured products from small business manufacturers on the top of the preference list.

How are they ever going to compete and create new jobs if this continues. Once the companies are established with a better customer base their manufacturing won't have to leave the USA..  

It is July 4th. It is time to bring USA manufacturing home!

October 30, 2014
By Jennifer Alsever

...For companies (click here) whose revenues don’t approach $1 billion, however, the reality has been trickier. Consider Martin Keen. Stiff competition forced him to move production of his shoe company, Keen Footwear, to China a decade ago. So in 2012, when he started his latest enterprise, Focal Upright, a maker of standup workstations, he made it a top priority to manufacture them in the U.S.

His intentions were noble—but the reality was brutal. The North Kingstown, R.I., entrepreneur struggled to find American contract factories that could produce parts for his desks. When he did find facilities, they were slow to respond to inquiries, took months to return bids, and were largely unwilling to make investments to manufacture the parts he needed. “I thought people would be chomping at the bit to build components for us,” says Keen. “But there was a lackadaisical attitude. It was very discouraging.”...

Someone should be talking to them to maintain their manufacturing in the USA. There manufacturing isn't gone forever into China if there is invention that brings their best interests back to the USA.

Mom needs a tether to baby floation device.

July 4, 2015

A 10-month-old baby girl (click here) was rescued off the coast of Turkey today after her flotation device was swept a half mile out to sea.
Melda Ilgin was seated in an inflatable child's toy when strong winds caused her to drift away from the shore.
Her parents and others watching on the beach reacted with horror as the yellow inflatable was carried further and further out to sea with the child still sitting atop it....

Sanction relief is the biggest hurdle for the Iran talks.

July 6, 2015

...Officials (click here) had described sanctions relief as one of the thorniest disagreements between Iran and the United States, which has led the international pressure campaign against Iran's economy. The U.S. and much of the world fears Iran's enrichment of uranium and other activity could be designed to make nuclear weapons; Iran says its program is meant only to generate power and for other peaceful purposes....

...American officials also had been struggling to separate the "nuclear-related" sanctions it is prepared to suspend from those it wishes to keep, including measures designed to counteract Iranian ballistic missile efforts, human rights violations and support for U.S.-designated terrorist organizations.

And to keep pressure on Iran, world powers had been hoping to finalize a system for snapping suspended sanctions back into force if Iran cheats on the accord. Russia has traditionally opposed any plan that would see them lose their U.N. veto power and a senior Russian negotiator said only this week that his government rejected any automatic "snapback" of sanctions.