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"We can now put a date on the beginning of the final gasps of the use of paper for communications purposes. It was the last week of February/first week of March 2010."



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Nip Impressions: Pulp and Paper Insight; Never Boring
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"Some senior executives in our industry [took] big bonuses while their company prepared to file for bankruptcy. Sound familiar?...We can do little, if anything, about bad apples at the top, but we can certainly help clear up communications for everyone who works for us."



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The $6.5 billion in controversial black-liquor credits earned in 2009 by 21 publicly traded pulp and paper companies was far more than their total profit for the year. Exclusive analysis lists the black-liquor credits each company received from the U.S. government and its 2009 net income.
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"'IT', of course, being the be all and end all to electronic publication, wiping out pub papers in one final death knell."



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Jim's column this week begins: "I think a dismal view of the status and prospects for the world wide pulp and paper industry is an age related phenomenon." Find out why at



http://www.nipimpressions.com



Nip Impressions: Pulp and Paper Insight; Never Boring
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AbitibiBowater stunned its North American customers today by announcing a huge price increase for coated paper – a move that is already DOA, thanks to Abitibi’s competitors.
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Exactly 30 days ago, I chided The New York Times for implying that White Birch Paper was on the verge of bankruptcy. White Birch, North America's second largest newsprint manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy protection in both Canada and the United States today.
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The Obama Administration announced today that it wants to close the non-existent "Son of Black Liquor" loophole to help "pay" for new healthcare legislation. Then Democrats won a key vote on a jobs bill that would be paid for partly with the "savings" from closing the same mythical loophole.
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On the prospect of saving old mills, Jim writes:



"It is unethical, if not immoral, to attempt to save a mill making grades in rapid decline, especially if that mill is far off the beaten path and has obsolete equipment."



Agree? Disagree? Let Jim know...http://www.nipimpressions.com/
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U.S. printers are hearing environmentally themed messages from both sides on the question of whether to buy Asian paper. Ten environmental groups issued a letter to printers and paper buyers today asking them not to buy paper from Eagle Ridge Paper, a division of Asia Pulp and Paper.
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In this issue's editorial, Don Meadows recounts a recent bout with an online retailer and takes a broad view of customer service and order fulfillment.



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With so much confusion in the mainstream news media and Congress about black-liquor subsidies for U.S. pulp mills, it's time to set the record straight.



Many mis-statements emanated from Washington in the past week regarding how proposed jobs legislation would deal with black liquor. Examples:
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Jim's take on one reason businesses aren't hiring: "The balance of the relationship between employer and employee has moved radically in favor of the employee in the last forty years. At the same time, improving technology has given employers options which do not represent a potential lawsuit."
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Senate Democrats started circulating a proposed jobs bill Tuesday that would be paid for partly by closing the "Son of Black Liquor" tax loophole. But a government official confirmed that the supposed loophole for U.S. pulp and paper companies doesn't even exist.
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Check out the feedback from last week's Nip Impressions in this week's issue. Further proof that Paperitalo products are Publications People Read (tm).



This week Jim takes up the energy research as career move. Check it out today.
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Studying the fine print of tax legislation helped IP earn more than $2 billion last year in black liquor credits from the federal government. It announced today that it is getting $516 million in black liquor credits for the 4th Quarter of 2009 and yet lost $101 million during the quarter.
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Paperitalo Publications surveys the worldwide pulp and paper industry on a different current topic on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Summaries of those surveys are available here.



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Which is greener, getting news online or reading a newspaper? For environmental expert and activist Sarah Westervelt, the obvious answer is the printed newspaper.
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"Our industry associations have done a very poor job...at defending our business in the court of public opinion...It is as if a bunch of papermakers, otherwise macho beyond reason, are suddenly cowered when it comes to facing the public."



See what set Jim off in the latest Nip Impressions.
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This is a story about an ex-supermodel, a messy and well-publicized divorce, a possible goof by The New York Times, and a major newsprint company that may -- or may not -- be on the verge of bankruptcy.
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