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Global JIT retail Giant stumbles again! by the48thronin on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:43 am
Yup you guessed it, My favorite big box store has shown me further deterioration of the global JIT and their attempts to deal with it so that the shopper does not even realize it.

I noticed it first in Indiana at the store we actually shop at the most, I noticed it again in Oklahoma at the store we shop at almost as much as Indiana. My wife noticed it in Alabama.

The symptoms.

Many of the already spread out shelf rows are now 4 ft shorter in length making the aisles even wider. In a typical set up, there is one wide open aisle between the cash register row and the products for sale. There is another between the food section and the household articles, one separating the toys, tools, auto, and sporting goods from the cloths etc., and one across the back of the store from side to side excepting the food area. Those aisles are usually filled with palletized instant display goods, and still have lots of open space.

On the food end I noticed it first, the shelf rows were not 4 feet shorter,...

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Publlic Lecture ~2 hours by wisconsin_cur on Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:03 pm
London School of Economic Lecture on the politics of peak oil (and climate change)

The Government of Uncertainty: how to follow the politics of oil
Speaker: Professor Tim Mitchell
Chair: Dr Sam Ashenden
This event was recorded on 15 October 2009 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
This lecture explores the politics of oil and how we can seek to understand it, at a time when uncertainty is presenting new challenges to the claims of objective knowledge. Tim Mitchell is professor of Arab studies at Columbia University, New York. Sam Ashenden is managing editor of Economy and Society and senior lecturer in Sociology, Birkbeck College.


http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/podcasts/publicLecturesAndEvents.htm

I have only listened to the first 30 minutes of this...

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Injuries by eastbay on Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:01 am
Two weeks ago I injured my left knee. I have no idea what caused it. As many of you may recall, I am a very active person biking regularly, lifting weights, jogging, and engaging in a wide variety of common exercise activities, so it could have been caused by just about anything. The area just above my kneecap started hurting out of the blue and as a result I can no longer run, bike, walk properly, or move up or down stairs without moving very slowly. So I decided to limp and assumed the pain would just go away quickly healing itself as nearly all injuries will. After all, it only hurts when I move it.

Then last Saturday morning, as I was slowly working in the back yard, my lower back unexpectedly 'gave out' and I collapsed straight to the ground. I loudly yelled out in pain and my neighbors on each side of me came running over offering aid. My daughters also ran over and I quickly explained to the growing crowd that it was not a broken bone or a cardiovascular issue and all I...

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Bodies piling up? by Jack on Thu Oct 01, 2009 8:10 pm
Yes - because neither the county nor the families can afford to bury them.

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Granted, this is Detroit. But it notes that bodies are abandoned in LA as well.

If we, as a society, cannot afford to bury the dead, we face the harsh question of whether we can put together the substantial capital to mitigate peak oil. IEEE Spectrum calculated that to replace oil, the world would need to build about 52 nuclear power plants a year - every year - for 50 years.

Diagram Here

Will the economy improve such that capital formation is solved by some miracle? Probably not. We had a 25 year bull market, and it seems to have broken down. Normal outcomes suggest a decline of about 6-8 years, and to levels lower than we say in March. Much lower.

And that means - forget...

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New home, new light bulbs, new clothesline, new garden area by strider3700 on Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:39 am
I've moved. I got the keys 5 days ago and thanks to some last minute legal issues on the move this is easily the most stressful thing I've ever gone through. Getting married and the birth of my daughter aren't even close to comparing to what happened Friday.

Anyways I have done a few things that some of you may find interesting. Out front of the house is a pretty typical little garden. A few crappy bushes and a bunch of very dry and silty soil. Since that area gets sun from 10:30 till 6:30 or so I figured it might as well have something useful growing there. A quick trip to the local nursery got me a couple of massively over grown tomato plants in 1 gallon containers for $5. They threw in a sickly but may make it with some babying cucumber and I picked up a few bags of mushroom manure since they are out of steer manure. I added a couple of pumpkins that I had in pots and then threw in a row of peas along the back, some carrots, onions, beets, and salad greens filled most the...

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