And also on August 17, another federal judge ordered strict new limitations on tobacco after finding that cigarette makers engaged in a decades-old conspiracy to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. The deception, Judge Gladys Kessler of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said, resulted in "an immeasurable amount of human suffering." Judge Kessler ordered the companies to stop labeling cigarettes as "low tar" or "light" or "natural" or with other "deceptive brand descriptors which implicitly or explicitly convey to the smoker and potential smoker that they are less hazardous to health than full-flavor cigarettes." The judge said she regretted not being able to punish the companies further. Cigarette makers, the judge said, profit from "selling a highly addictive product which causes diseases that lead to a staggering number of deaths per year, an immeasurable amount of human suffering and economic loss and a profound burden our national health care system."
More bad news for workers. On August 18 Boeing said it must begin shutting down production of its C-17 cargo plane, because the US Congress has not funded new purchases. The decision may ultimately affect 5,500 Boeing employees in Arizona, California, Georgia and Missouri who are directly tied to the C-17 program. But the result will first hit the 25,000 employees of the nearly 700 companies in 42 states that supply parts and systems for the plane, Boeing said. "The C-17 is one of the Defense Department's most successful acquisition programs ever," said Ron Marcotte, vice president and general manager of Boeing Global Mobility Systems. "But we can't continue carrying the program without additional orders from the US Government."
Even though the UN Truce in Lebanon is less than a week old, helicopter-borne Israeli commandos landed near the Hezbollah stronghold of Baalbek over the August 19-20 weekend and engaged in a lengthy firefight in what the Lebanese prime minister, Fouad Siniora, called a "flagrant violation" of the cease-fire. The United Nations issued a statement that Secretary General Kofi Annan also considered the raid a violation and was "deeply concerned. The Israelis said "the aim of the operation was to disrupt terrorist activities against Israel and to prevent arms from being transported to Hezbollah from Iran and Syria." Moreover, Israel still intends to try to kill the Hezbollah leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, according to an anonymous senior Israeli commander.
And the last news item for August 18: In each poll released since the Brits foiled the alleged Trans-Atlantic terror plot - CBS, Gallup, Newsweek, Pew, Zogby - Bush's approval rating remains mired in the 30's. Apparently the incessant terror fear mongering doesn't work anymore, no doubt due to the fact that the administration has squandered billions of dollars and thousands of lives on IRAQ while neglecting critical security enhancements within the US.
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Since 1996, Dr. Russ Henke has been president of HENKE ASSOCIATES, a San Francisco Bay Area high-tech business & management consulting firm. The number of client companies for Henke Associates now numbers more than three dozen. During his corporate career, Henke operated sequentially on "both sides" of MCAD and EDA, as a user and as a vendor. He's a veteran corporate executive from Cincinnati Milacron, SDRC, Schlumberger Applicon, Gould Electronics, ATP, and Mentor Graphics. Henke is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and served on the SME International Board of Directors. He is also a member of the IEEE and a Fellow of ASME International. In April 2006, Dr. Henke received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from The CAD Society, presented by CAD Society president Jeff Rowe at COFES2006 in Scottsdale, AZ (photo below). Full press release: http://www10.mcadcafe.com/nbc/articles/view_article.php?section=CorpNews&articleid=260489
An affiliate of the HENKE ASSOCIATES team since 2001, LA-based Dr. John R. (Jack) Horgan co-authored this May 2006 MCAD Commentary. Dr. Horgan's prior corporate career has included executive positions at Applicon, Aries Technology, CADAM and MICROCADAM, as well as a stint at IBM. Dr. Horgan is also an editor of EDAcafe Weekly.
Since May 2003 the authors have now published a total of forty-one (41) independent articles on MCAD, PLM, EDA and Electronics IP on IBSystems' MCADCafé and EDACafé. Further information on HENKE ASSOCIATES, and URL's for past Commentaries, are available at http://www.henkeassociates.net.