Ford Slashing Jobs

The two car companies also face stiff competition from Asian automakers, whose reputation for building fuel-efficient small cars is paying off in the face of gas prices that topped $3 a gallon this summer. Companies like Toyota, Honda and Hyundai of Korea have set sales records in the United States as the market share of the three Detroit companies has hit record lows. They also have new plants under construction in the United States, and may build more.

You would have thought Ford would have learned this lession the first time around, back in the early 80s, but apparently not.

In January, Ford said it would cut 30,000 jobs and close 14 plants over the next six years. It had offered buyouts first to that group of workers, but only about 6,000 employees accepted them. Now, facing the likelihood of additional job cuts, Ford is offering buyouts to all of its hourly workers, apparently in the hope that everyone at a plant set to close will accept them.

Otherwise, workers enter a program that guarantees them virtually all their pay plus full benefits for the life of the union’s contract, and they remain on Ford’s payroll until a job opens up. Given that Ford is cutting so many jobs, that is not likely to happen.

While the unions work hard at bleeding the carcass dry. Lovely.

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Burning Man

Apparently, Burning Man isn’t what it used to be. With 40,000 visitors a year (compared to the rather smallish 10,000 when I visited in 97), it seems to have lost it’s charm.

The word “nausea” barely covers the full body ache you feel when “acclimating” to the Martian landscape and punishing heat of Burning Man. You can’t move, you can’t escape the dust or heat and you are surrounded by some of the most perverse and deviant people you will ever meet. Everywhere you look a “porno-copia” of sagging balls, flopping peckers, hairy asses, flabby breasts and other uninvited unattractive nakedness will strip away any remnant of goodwill you may feel towards your fellow burners as the caustic alkali dust strips away your exposed skin. What gives these naked perverts the right to expose their ugly fucked-out carcasses? If being forced to view hundreds of hairy ass cracks as you gag down breakfast sounds fun, Burning Man is for you.

The Redux post linked at the bottom of the original is also good.

Hat tip to Steve for the Link.