There's a major business sector in big trouble these days because of the way it generates revenues. It's an industry that somehow decided to back away from the old-fashioned notion of generating profit by selling services and products, and instead opted to generate cash flow on the basis of wringing funds out of vendors. Probably no one remembers which company first struck upon this strategy. Most likely it was an almost instinctive reaction to a bunch of numbers run by some astute actuary. ...

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