3.04.2005

That '70s Show

Gas prices might increase 24 cents
USAToday via Yahoo! (03.04)

Gasoline prices could rocket 24 cents a gallon the next few days, as stations across the USA scramble to keep up with big jumps in the prices of oil and wholesale gas, a veteran energy-price analyst forecast Thursday.

"It's going to be brutal, horrendous," says Peter Beutel, president of energy-price tracker Cameron Hanover. He has followed energy markets for nearly three decades.

Thursday, light, sweet crude oil for April delivery traded as high as $55.20 a barrel in New York before closing at $53.57.
Brutal & Horrendous. Got it. What did Brandoland point out last month? Oh yeah: Exxon Mobil Earns Record $8.42B in 4Q.

They've softened us up with higher prices for the last 2 years and now they're lowering the boom. Get ready for it. If folks like this Peter Beutel are right it could be worse than 'brutal & horrendous' maybe it'll actuall get the people's attention.

That's right: maybe now, once folks start getting hit in the old pocketbook, they're actually start paying fucking attention to this and all the other shenanigans going on.

Are you?

The Fun Continues...

Offshoring to surge in 2005: Hewitt study
Business-Standard.com (03.03)

Global offshoring is likely to see a steady growth in 2005, with more companies in developed countries planning to offshore services to low-cost destinations.

According to a Hewitt survey of more than 100 companies, nearly 53 per cent said they had already offshored services to low-cost high quality hubs, while 11 per cent said their companies intended to do so this year.

Respondents cited manpower efficiency as the main reason for resorting to offshoring. The quality and availability of relevant manpower were the other reasons for the jump in offshoring.
So wait... are they saying that American workers suck? How dare they! Don't make me get a "freedom job" from some American company... OH: these are "American companies" aren't they?

On the future of global sourcing, nearly 84 per cent of the respondents said they were optimistic about the growth of offshoring.

Activities, including transaction processing, call centres, payroll, recruitment, IT services, data conversion and contract manufacturing, have been largely offshored to countries like India, China, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Russia and Sri Lanka.

Nearly 23 per cent of the respondents said outsourcing had exceeded their expectations, while 62 per cent said the services had been satisfactory.

Industry experts predict that by 2015, offshoring by the US companies would represent $135 billion in wages and 3.3 million professional jobs. And new countries like Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Mexico are likely to become new offshoring destinations this year.
But those aren't jobs here... they'll be somewhere else.

But we have to stop the Homos from marrying!!!

As always folks, this is just info for you to take in and think about. You don't have to agree with us, just think for yourselves.