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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hal Sorkin To Leave Consulting Work, Start A Manufacturing Company

In the news today, a group of British gastrointestinal specialists reported that satirical humor actually caused more reaction in the belly than so-called "belly laughs" do. The group broke new ground by using eavesdropping equipment provided by the American CIA to, in effect, "listen in" on the stomach reactions of those who had listened to, and responded to, jokes told by a variety of comedians.

But first, Hal Sorkin of the Baltonmore Consulting Group said that he was leaving consulting work to start a manufacturing company. Sorkin, no relation to the New York Times writer and CNBC host Andrew Ross Sirkin, said that he was tried of sitting on the sidelines while manufacturing jobs in the U.S. declined, and well-paying jobs disappeared at an alarming rate.

"And quite frankly, I got tired of having my friends tell me that I was telling businesses how to restore manufacturing, rather than actually doing it," he told a gathering of economics and business reporters. "They asked me flat out, if I know so much about it, why don't I get out there and do it? So I'm doing it."

Sorkin said he would start out manufacturing ordinary household screws, nuts, washers, and bolts, then move on to precision tools, and eventually to Apple products. He said that his company would pay "top dollar" to workers from the beginning, "at a rate they haven't seen in years in this country, adjusted for the years of inflation we've had."

How will he do it? "It's just not that hard, like I've been saying for years. The workers are there. Pay them, reap the benefits for your company, and help society as well. It sounds very simple, and it is simple. But until other companies see fit to get in on it, I've decided to clean up, so to speak."

Back to the world of humor and its scientific applications, the British panel indicated that it hoped its findings could be used by NASA on future flights. Its report stated that, "You can't allow an astronaut to guffaw on a long, delicate flight. But he (or she) can get by with an inward chuckle or two if he (or she) is careful."

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