Daily Archives: July 28, 2007

Supply Chain Humor This Week II

Before we get started, Hat Tips to Tony Poshek, The Cynical Sorcerer.

Oops! And you thought it was sickening when the USDA paid farmers not to farm! Well check out this doozy: “The Agriculture Department sent $1.1 billion in farm payments to more than 170,000 dead people over a seven-year period, congressional investigators say.”

About 12 weeks ago, we discussed The Real American Fat Farm and how the current farm bill supports five, and only five, commodity crops – corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, and cotton – and effectively pays farmers not to farm other crops while encouraging unhealthy lunches in American public schools. I didn’t think it could be worse than that … but, apparently, it is. It seems that they’re more interested in farm payments to the dead than to the needy living. It’s a wonder they haven’t bought a 19 Million Dollar Toilet to flush money down!

I’m rubber, you’re glue! “China Says US Food Has Its Own Problems”

China, the cause of 431 recalls in Canada alone since 2005, and the current poster child for bad quality in the public media, is starting their own smear campaign, citing cases of contaminated local food in the U.S. domestic market and flawed exports of pork and poultry, which had to be banned from distribution. I guess when it comes to pig, they’re just chicken!

Auction – Part III:

A California town that was the first town ever sold via auction on ebay, is

up for sale once again (for the 3rd time). The last buyer… ummmm…

killed himself.

The great thing about a free market is that you can buy anything … even your own town – complete with your very own troubled spirit! What more could you ask for!

I know I don’t mention this enough, but Tony Poshek, the newest member of the Aptium Global team, is available to handle all of your sourcing needs – even your unusual ones! Tony, the inventor of The Puddy Principle to Strategic Sourcing, has single-handedly sourced over 2B in the last decade and saved 15%, on average. With that resume, how can you go wrong?