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  • EMF - the Phantom Menace

    Is EMF Really out there? While you cannot see them, Electromagnetic Fields are indeed present all around us. There is even weak EMF when in an open field with no signs of civilization for miles around - the magnetic core of the earth generates such fields. Are the fields a problem - for most of us the...
  • Taking away your privacy?

    As amazing as it sounds, there are candidates running for office that support certain union efforts to take away your right to vote in private when deciding on whether to join a union or not. By a 4-1 majority, employees support the current federally-supervised private ballot system, but the so-called...
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  • It's Not Just us as in US

    NEMA Kite and Key award winner Rob Boteler, from Emerson Motor Technologies, spoke to a full room today at ENIE 2008 in Sao Paulo, Brasil about the development of motor standards and regulations in the US. One of the many things we can be proud of is that the US is a world leader in setting motor efficiency...
  • Beijing Olympics and Making Progress

    Looking out of the window on this date in 2004, here is the picture I took from the NEMA Beijing office that we had opened a few months earlier: Yesterday, our NEMA Beijing colleague Jia Ke took this one from the same window: During the interval, while the construction crews converted an urban redevelopment...
  • Voting -- It's Your Decision

    "The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves" (Plato, 427-347 BC). As the November 4th election approaches, voters will be bombarded with campaign ads, flyers, web videos, emails --- all aimed at promoting a particular candidate...
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  • The Early Rebates Are in and…

    Problems ranging from the housing market collapse, multiple credit market crises, high energy prices (recent declines , notwithstanding) and declining payrolls are lingering reminders of a soft economy. Whether we're in a recession or not , conditions are tough but certainly could be much worse....
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  • Part of the way there

    NEMA staff do a lot of meetings. A lot of meetings all over the US, sometimes Canada, and sometimes Mexico. Most of the hotels that we hold the meetings at are environmentally conscious. They ask their guests to re-use towels and linens to help them "be green." Unfortunately, they are only...
  • “Sharpe on Trade”

    At one point in “Sharpe’s Tiger”, the engaging historical page-turner I just finished, Bernard Cornwell’s alpha-male English private hero and a wise old Scottish colonel have the following 1799 exchange while imprisoned in a Southern Indian jail: “All in all, I think, and judging him by the standards...
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