In the latest issue of From the Chairman (the real one, not my version) our beloved Fred mentions Amelia Earhart as an example of operating outside our comfort zone, and "taking on new challenges and carefully calculated risks". This is code speak for what is going to happen in October,and Smith is greasing the skids with this sneakily-crafted little editorial. No revelations, no concrete statements about our future...just platitudes and ponderings with a few facts thrown-in to make the case he is afraid to say out loud. We (Express employees) are the "carefully calculated risk". The hours cuts we incur won't hurt Fred at all. As stated before, he stands to profit quite handsomely. Please note that there is little mention of specific actions, but glowing praise for Ground and mention of our need to "anticipate and respond quickly" to constant changes. This is, of course, due to "troubling market trends". Again, more code speak for the October surprise. It really isn't surprising that Smith isn't being forthcoming. It's not his nature to be honest with employees, particularly this time. He's dropping an H-bomb in October, but he's pretending that it's just some kid out hunting squirrels with his BB gun. This is Weasel 101 in action, and please don't fall for it. It's interesting to note that Fred draws an analogy from a failed expedition. Even though Amelia Earhart was a brave and daring aviatrix, her mission was not a success. In the long run, I don't think Fred's expedition will succeed either. I just wish he would join the hunt to solve the mystery and go missing himself. Hey Fred, don't forget to take MT3 and Dave with you on the adventure, OK?