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hope du jourtm – TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
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Google Search newsclips of what the world is doing right - and our latest ranking of leading countries: The core solution is so obvious, it's below the radar. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper. It's our closest candidate to the "Holy Grail" of economic design, the Single All-Sufficient Regulation, and despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized and yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses and governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
JAKARTA, Indonesia - ...The idea to reduce women’s working hours, proposed by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, has started to occupy the public... Those who support the idea agree that reducing women’s working hours is an essential investment in Indonesia’s future generation as it will allow women more time to do their duties as the children’s main caretakers... [But] the implementation addresses only the needs of women workers who are married and raising a family... [And] assuming fewer working hours, women workers will likely be perceived as less productive than their male colleagues... - see whole article under today's date.
[or on the positive side, less resistant to worksaving technology, i.e., less luddite?]
BEIJING, China - ...Slackers and Hedonists Rejoice! The Ministry of Controlling Your Life & Letting You Know Things at the Last Minute has released the official holiday schedule for 2015, and it contains only one horrendous 6-day workweek... The dingy meeting room in which a panel of elderly bureaucrats who haven’t worked a regular job for years set forth next year's calendar today, and they saw fit to preserve most of our 2-day weekends and even toss in a few 3-day weekends as well. This is not as simple a task as one might think: China keeps fiddling with its holiday schedule in a century-long effort to cram constantly fluctuating lunar holidays into the staid framework of the Gregorian calendar... - see whole article under today's date.
LONDON, U.K. — ...The study carried out by Samsung looked at 2,000 office workers and 200 business owners, which found 27% of workers would opt for flexible working hours over a pay rise... - see whole article under today's date. [Does that include shorter working hours?]
Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and *vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. It may be fun to sneer at believers in the fixed "lump of labor fallacy" because "there's an infinite amount of work to be done," but where's the corresponding willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it isn't, and doesn't, work. So we need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. Shorter hours is a strategy that is reinvented hundreds of times a day across the U.S. in this recession and thousands of times a day across the world in both public & private sectors, in every industry, and in a variety of ways. Many countries and U.S. states already have worksharing programs to cushion the transition to permanently shorter workweeks that automatically adjust to our rising levels of productive technology in the Age of Robotics. These programs currently are designed to be temporary. Here's what their permanent program will look like when they finally succumb to the inevitable.
doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
- here in the context of a robust solution (see hope du jour above), you can see the bad news and the impotence of today's "experts" as portrayed in the mainstream American narratives -
- editor's comments in [square brackets] by Phil Hyde firstname.lastname@example.org -
- headlines from Couche-Tard, Eddy&duPortage, Hull, Québec & updating from Kate's Kaffé, Somerville MA USA -
lootin'- & layoff-triggering TAKEOVERS in the news (archives) = prelude to downsizing, last refuge of shortsighted CEOs - Can't grow your market share with more clients? Buy another company's! Buy instead of build market share! Then see overlap & lay off more of your customers' customers! = a suicidal joke: Sustainable CEOs don't do Mergers&Acquisitions (M&As) except in cases of corporate extremis such as bankruptcy -
...in Britain's largest-ever real-estate deal [how do they know if price undisclosed?] giving Qatar a huge slice of the Canary Wharf business district... 8 Canada Square..at over a million square feet is London's largest office building... This is the fourth time the tower has changed hands in seven years.
[Any compelling point to all this besides price inflation?]
...The building fetched more than its 1.1 billion GBP marketing price, according to people familiar with the situation...a windfall for the Korean seller, which acquired the tower for just 772-million GBP [in 2009]...
spreading RECESSION transitioning to DEPRESSION (& okay, apocalypse in general - archives) though spun by Wall Streeters as "slow recovery" to hide their part in creating it by funneling unlimited percentages of the money supply to themselves, thus trapping it in torpid circulation in financial markets increasingly separate from the warp-speed circulation in consumer & business markets -
Ater two straight months of weaker than expected reports, Empire Manufacturing made it three in a row Monday morning, and did it in style. While economists were forecasting a reading of 12.4, which would have been a slight improvement from the November reading, the actual reading came in at -3.6. That 16 point spread was the biggest miss since June 2011, and the eighth weakest report relative to expectations going all the way back to 2002...
U.S. stocks followed European markets lower after another big drop in world oil prices. Banking stocks suffered deep losses...
Canadian stocks closed lower as energy stocks again sold off amid another plunge in oil prices and gold stocks fell sharply as bullion lost ground ahead of this week's interest rate meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve...
...term often used to describe links to websites that have been removed or altered.\. When the legal system relies on digital information that suddenly disappears, it can be a "tremendous problem"...
Ottawa Metro, p.12.
[Neither Germany nor anyone else needs growth in the Ecological Age, just steady-state economics and solid sustainability. And with the world's strongest worksharing program (Kurzarbeit). Germany's on a strong course for both.]
"Everyone in France is feeling the spending power crisis." Guillaume Lapp, Klepierre's French malls division (blowout quote)
[Leading the world in the lowest nationwide workweek, but without a good overtime-to-jobs conversion design and with insufficient energy from Jospin and Aubry and friends to talk sense to their fellow frogsters - the workweek MUST be lowered further to provide more convertible overtime and associated stronger employee earnings and consumer spending.]
Monetary policy: Russia raises key rate as ruble falls to record lows - Central bank announces move after midnight, prompted by currency's biggest one-day drop since 1998, Wall Street Journal via TG, B8 target article.
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