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  •  Health care for all IS STIMULUS. (16+ / 0-)

    If California got OneCare they would suddenly have an edge for any and all businesses looking to locate here. Remember, Toyota is in the process of pulling its plants out of the US and moving them to Canada because:

    1.) The quality of the Deep South workforce is so bad they have to print up pictograms for the various tasks their employees have to do, and;
    2.) Health insurance costs are KILLING THEM here. Contrast that with Canada, where it's no longer an issue thanks to province-by-province Single Payer.

    The next OneCare Happy Hour will be January 29, 2010.
    Anti-marriage equality = bigotry

    by Pris from LA on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 12:21:51 PM PST

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    •  pictograms, eh? (3+ / 0-)
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      1.) The quality of the Deep South workforce is so bad they have to print up pictograms for the various tasks their employees have to do, and;

      This sounds extremely dubious to me, and it sounds like a retread of the urban legend of the Army having to write operator manuals for tanks as comic books.  They might not be getting quite the caliber of recruit they were used to, but literacy isn't the issue, it's clarity.  When you rewrite documentation so that you can present it pictographically, you've usually also made it much more direct and succinct.  For safety procedures and so forth, this is just smart policy.

      "I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." -- Voltaire

      by sproingie on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 01:20:37 PM PST

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      •  I salute you. (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm fine with having pictures alongside the text when I try to put something together, but half the time the darn instructions that are pictograms without text leave me baffled.

        Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God. - Thomas Jefferson

        by Ezekial 23 20 on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 01:49:51 PM PST

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      •  Here's the evidence (1+ / 0-)
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        The next OneCare Happy Hour will be January 29, 2010.
        Anti-marriage equality = bigotry

        by Pris from LA on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 02:00:43 PM PST

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        •  Wait. (1+ / 0-)
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          Did I just read, "Toyota President calls American's stupid"?

          He just proved Toyota correct.

          But yes, I get your point re: the South. Given that Republicans have a bias against the educated, I don't see how that improves.

          "That is not true, you never had that choice to begin with."--Sen. Mary Landrieu to Howard Dean on public option.

          by just some lurker guy on Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 03:29:58 PM PST

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        •  There's no evidence that said otherwise. (0+ / 0-)

          What you're perpetuating is an urban myth. The former president of Toyota never said those words.

          The article about Toyota came out from Woodstock, Ontario.

          Toyota to Expand in Canada; First New Site for Auto Assembly Plant in Canada in Almost 20 Years

          New plant to employ 1,300 team members; manufacture the RAV4

          WOODSTOCK, Ontario (June 30, 2005) – Toyota (NYSE: TM) announced today that it will construct a new plant here employing 1,300 team members to build the RAV4 sport utility vehicle. The new plant represents an approximate C$800 million/US$650 million investment and will be Toyota's second Canadian assembly plant. It is the first green field automotive assembly facility in Canada in almost 20 years.

          Additionally, Toyota announced an expansion of Canadian Autoparts Toyota, Inc. (CAPTIN) in Delta, British Columbia. As a result of the C$39.0 million/US$31.6 million expansion, wheel capacity at the facility will increase by nearly 17 percent per year, starting in July 2007.

          The new plant will open in 2008 and will have the capacity to build 100,000 units annually. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Canada, Inc. (TMMC) in nearby Cambridge, Ontario, will manage the plant. TMMC builds the Toyota Corolla and Matrix and the Lexus RX330 in Cambridge, where it employs 4,300 team members.

          This new facility will boost Toyota's manufacturing employment in Ontario to about 5,600.

          Katsuaki Watanabe, named president of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) on June 23, discussed the new investment via videotape broadcast during the announcement.

          "Twenty years ago, Toyota management made two profound decisions. We decided to make a sweeping commitment to manufacturing in North America. And we decided that Canada would be a core part of that commitment," he said. "This expansion will strengthen our ties further with suppliers and with other partners across North America."

          Atsushi Niimi, the recent former president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America (TMMNA) and now a senior managing director of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), noted the benefits of the Woodstock location.

          "This location allows us to capitalize on our outstanding operation 40 kilometres away in Cambridge. Its proximity to suppliers on both sides of the border will benefit both countries and it will mean new opportunities for those suppliers. Jobs will be created across North America," he said.

          TMMC president Ray Tanguay, recently named a TMC managing officer, applauded the efforts and success of the existing Canadian work force and the job creation efforts of government officials.

          "Today's announcement is truly a milestone," he said. "It is recognition of almost 17 years of manufacturing success in Cambridge, Ontario and opens the page to a whole new chapter for Toyota in Canada. As a Toyota team member, I am obviously pleased. As a Canadian, I can't think of a better way to kick off a national holiday."

          TMMC has been manufacturing vehicles in Cambridge since November 1988. Original capacity was 50,000 units annually. By 2004, production had climbed to 288,000 units.

          By 2008, Toyota will have the annual capacity to build 1.76 million cars and trucks, 1.44 million engines, and 600,000 automatic transmissions in North America. The company's direct employment is 37,000 and direct investment is nearly US$16.6 billion with annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totaling nearly US$25 billion. Toyota's North American-produced vehicles include the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, and the Lexus RX330.

      •  SAT Scores vs. Tightening Bolts? (0+ / 0-)

        There are certainly measurable statistics which don't lie, SAT scores being the most prevalent (and damning), but their relevance to the repetitive drudgery of installing nuts and bolts is pretty irrelevant.  Working on 'The Line' may be a well paying job, but it's an illusion that a 1500 SAT score is more relevant than common sense, physical condition,  and dedication to guarantee outstanding performance.

    •  What a bold face lie! (0+ / 0-)

      Toyota has only five plants in the US. (Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, Indiana, and West Virginia) and the rest are in Canada. Nor do they use picotograms for their employees. Why spout off such nonsense?

      And for your information, Toyota sales may be down, but they've made it perfectly clear they aren't going anywhere. You've confused them with Mitsubshi who already left North America.

      Now, go back out on your surfboard and wait for the biggest wave to swallow you up.

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