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Marketing Me! GM Strikes, Iranian visitors, Cracker Jack and inevitable quarter demise

General Motors Strike

The UAW hosted a labor strike at GM plants around the country on Monday. I can't see why this is big news anymore.

- GM is losing money.
- UAW member and retireee benefits are in serious trouble
- Toyota is gaining market share.

The key word is relevancy. Both sides speak in broad terms and with generalized goals - "return to profitability", "job security" and "health benefits".

GM makes cars. There are two goals that matter: Make cars people want and will buy (key word) and make a profit on the sale.

Everything else is secondary.

Ranting about "quality" and "productivitiy" is a moot point.

In my world, the solution lies with the Big Three becoming the "Small to Medium 300".

Tragically, this all comes at the same time Michigan comes close to shutting down state government operations due to a massive budget shortfall.


The president of Iran spoke at Columbia yesterday and will speak at the United Nations today.

Who cares?

Why does the media still think that 19th century country borders and their leaders matter any longer?

I would rather read Shoemoney or hear his speech from last week.

Cracker Jacks

I received a bag of "Original" Cracker Jacks today at my children's school.

Hint: Original Cracker Jack was in a skinny box with a platic toy enclosed in the blue stripe packet - (I am too young to remember tin toys, thank you).

This product did not taste like Cracker Jack, had a cruddy prize and not enough of those burned peanuts in the bottom of the bag.

Sort of tee-d me off this morning.

The Quarter is still going to end this week

I tried to push back, but the calendar got in the way.

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