Trashing Brands and Other Stuff
I ran into Bob Gill, a retired doctor, in the Union League parking garage and told him that the Baltimore musicians did not particularly want Alsop as their conductor. “They can send her up here any time,” Gill retorted.
8/18/05. Time Warner and the Vision Thing
Last summer, Time Warner got into a fight with corporate raider Carl Icahn, who claimed that the company was inefficient and changes needed to be made. I described the history of the signature publication, TIME, and how under the guidance of Henry Luce, just 20 people created the first 32-page issue containing 117 articles. I checked the current masthead and discovered that on Aug. 20, 2005, that it took 269 people to create 63 articles in 49 editorial pages.
“If I were in charge,” I wrote, “I would begin with the bloated, bloviating bore that is the company’s signature product, TIME. I would go through the masthead and delete 169 people, and I would double the salary of everyone who was left—around 100 people—and watch what the hell happened.”
On January 17, Chairman and CEO Ann S. Moore announced the elimination of 172 editorial jobs across its consumer magazines and 117 more from the business side.
9/20/2005. The 800-Pound Gorilla no one Talks About
Gendercide in China—the murder, abandonment, international adoption and abortion of girl babies—has resulted in an imbalance in the ratio of men to women. I wrote:
The current ratio of birth registrations in China is 118 boys for every 100 girls. In the rather droll, understated words of the BBC’s Adam Brookes, “In other words, nearly one-seventh of Chinese girl babies are going missing.” For second births, the ratio is 152 boys for every 100 girls, according to Arthur E. Dewey, assistant secretary of state for Population, Refugees and Migration. Although projections vary, several studies have indicated that by 2040 the population of China will reach 1.6 billion. If the gender gap is 10 percent, that means by mid-century China will have 160 million more men than women. That is roughly equivalent to the combined populations of Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland today. China will be awash in testosterone. The World War slated for the middle of the 21st century will not fought be over territory, nor oil, or water or gold. The war will be over women.