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Pity the Pacific salmon: It expends all its energy swimming upstream, then gets screwed and dies. Several North American papermakers know the feeling, as evidenced by several events this past week:
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"How much is spent every year by your storeroom on things they already have, but do not know where they are?"



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"Day-to-day, we deal with such large numbers that they are essentially meaningless to us beyond being big, really big, even bigger, extremely big, and so big it makes my head spin.

The real meaning in the numbers becomes apparent and is best appreciated if we focus on one."



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Which mills will survive and which will fold?



"If the markets exist, the attitude of the employees is all that matters?"



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A decade ago, a prominent U.S. paper executive used to refer to Finns as "communists" -- until a Finnish company bought his firm. Now it's the Finns' turn to complain about America's paper industry, weak currency, and government subsidies.
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The huge black-liquor subsidy of pulp mills expired last week, but that isn’t stopping the U.S. forest-products industry from tapping taxpayers' money in other ways. More than 100 paper mills are registered for the new Biomass Crop Assistance Program, and some are getting federal stimulus money
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"Like robins foretelling spring, the first sign of coming rampant inflation has arrived."



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Happy New Year from Paperitalo!
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Every two weeks the Paperitalo team produces several charts tracking the Pulp and Paper Industry. This is one of our favorites, tracking the year-over-year performance of each member or the PM40. 2009 was tough on a lot of companies, but 2010 begins with a bit of hope.



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A suggestion for a fruitful 2010:



"Learn how to juxtapose situations and see what you come up with. 99% of them will be junk, but it is the 1% that is the big payoff, and they can be a really big payoff."



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"It has always amazed me to watch employees who know their organization is having problems, which are obviously caused by specific team member deficiencies, and they do nothing about them. This is a corporate culture that puts businesses out of business."



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Jim provides "Forest Products Facts" -- ten (10) easily verifiable positive aspects of the forest products industry -- talking points for your family holiday gatherings. Enjoy!



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Rather than subjecting you to another let’s-all-go-green pep talk, I compiled the following quiz to help you recognize gaps in your knowledge of publishing's environmental impact. Note the many links to helpful resources. A shorter version of this article appears in Publishing Executive magazine.
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A government official in Indonesia has now acknowledged what environmental groups have been saying for years: The country’s enforcement of logging laws is a joke.
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The Holidays, brought to you by paper. Don Meadows discusses the ways he'll be enjoying the fruits of pulp and paper this season.



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Guest columnist and industry expert Bill Lufkin provides some fabulous real-world tips.
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"What will the pulp and/or papermill look like in 2025, a mere 15 years hence?"



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Just in time for the holiday season, thoughts about integrity:

"Sooner or later, all of us are humbled. If you are flying high and think things will not catch up with you, trust me, they will, and most times, sooner than you think."



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Google's bots have temporarily (we hope) taken Dead Tree Edition off line. Here's the explanation.
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"So how did we (the pulp and paper industry) do in 2009? Surprisingly, and relative to everything else, we would have to say 'not bad.'"



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We need a version of FarmVille that models a paper mill. Join Jim in asking for Zynga to develop one.



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