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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Average is Over" by Thomas L. Freidman - NYTimes.com

China scares the shit out of me. There is no way we could beat them in a war. They're just biding their time, and then they're going to destroy us. I wish there was a punchline to that lead in.

Check out this passage from Thomas L. Friedman's op-ed on why Americans need to be more educated (it's a quote from an earlier Times article).

“Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly-line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the [Chinese] plant near midnight. A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day. ‘The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,’ the executive said. ‘There’s no American plant that can match that.’ ”

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