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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, & despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized & yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn & it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
EVELETH, Minn., USA — ...Cliffs Natural Resources says about 400 hourly workers and nearly 50 salaried employees will receive partial pay during the furloughs... - see whole article under today's date.
[Probably thanks to the Minnesota Shared Work program.]
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - “...Some drivers at a sample of 16 for-hire carriers who worked the longest hours (over 65 hours per workweek) reduced their workhours after the rule went into effect...” However, GAO's analysis added that drivers who worked less than 65 hours per work week also changed their schedules after the rule went into effect... - see whole article under today's date.
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 can't simply project a pre-computer 40-hour workweek indefinitely 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 incl. hope)
- 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 -
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further *OVERPOPULATING *America & Britain & India(!) relative to job market & schools & lowcost housing & safetynet (if any) & fresh-water supplies &..&..&.., especially when tax dismissiveness by the wealthy has replaced stewardship - In a finite biosphere, every country should be moving to *steady-state migration (1998) or *replacement immigration (2010 update) *(one out, one in) & birth policy (one death, one birth) or at least polling for its citizens' limits on population variables as in Timesizing's Phase 5 -
[The French and EU politicians need to get their blockheads out of the sand and commence immediate repatriation of undocumenteds. No one country or continent, no matter how "rich" (especially when most of it's in the hands of the richest 0.001%), can bear the population carelessness of another continent. And the "other continent" isn't going to take any steps as long as it can keep blowing off the overflow.]
Channel portal is choke point for [illegal] migrants, New York Times, A1.
[Lucky for UK!]
The United Nations says India's population will probably surpass China's by 2022, not 2028 as it forecast just two years ago.
[Shades of the 1920s when India had a decent 5% economic growth rate but that was overwhelmed by exponentiating population and India tanked into poverty. Source: History of Economic Ideas class taught by Paul Rosenstein-Rodan at Boston University in the late 1970s-early 80s.]
wall of CLOSINGS & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
[All kindsa stuff closing that we don't want to close, and then, something we DO want to close we can't seem to get closed!]
non-market MAKEWORK & job desperation in the news (compare luddism in its waste of worksaving technology) (archives) - too-little too-late, too ecostressing, too special-interest, too wasteful, too artificial or especially...too military, & all axed at the root by full employment via first-aid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
Northrup Grumman and General Dynamics posted better-than-expected results, WSJ, A1 pointer to B4.
[Or have they merely set expectations low enough? Now if we can only keep them little wars going...!]
Amnesty International says Israel may have committed war crimes in Gaza last year during a rescue mission.
[Israel has become Judaism's worst enemy.]
...A recent study on working hours [shows] that in many western European countries the frequency of individuals working ‘extreme hours’ of more than 50 hours per week has increased substantially, particularly among high skilled male workers. She notes that some of this may be attributable to the effects of globalisation, but that [misguided] national labour regulations and welfare "reforms" [our quotes] also play a role in working hour trends...
[The five biggest mistakes of prevailing economists are (1) sales taxes instead of wealth taxes, (2) raising minimum wages instead of lowering maximum workweeks, (3) "free" trade regardless of labor standards, (4) "being nice" immigration policies, and (5) allowing worktime per person to coagulate instead of spreading worktime and wages and spending around - all of which favors plutocrats in the short run and induces recession and depression in the slightly less short run. In this story, we have Juliet Schor's Overworked American of 1992 transplanted to Europe 23 years later. And all because dumb plutocrats convinced dumb labor unions to drop the one essential adjustment of the robotics age = lowering worktime per person while heightening technological productivity. Europe had been our hope for four decades. Now Europeans are turning out to be just as stupid as Americans, with those who still have full-time jobs working longer and longer, and more and more and more people dependent on the taxpayer, one way or another, a societal split into workers and drones, And everyone with less and less of the most basic freedom, job-secure free time, and the associated ability to look ahead and head off the increasing ecological disasters.]
[Oh, the hardship!]
[No wonder they can't figure out how much productivity has risen (while wages & spending haven't)!]
[ie: fluffernutter, not fluff.]
As different as Twitter and Yelp are, they now share a common problem: Each is priced for hypergrowth that is proving elusive...
[Mais oui, zat eez zee case weez zee entire stock market zeez dayz! We've found a way to print money beyond imagination and channel it and all the inflation into the financial sector.]
Experts say skipping payments will be costly, even if the island technically avoids a default.
[No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o... btw, is this the NYT or the WSJ? I thot we could at least read the NYT editorial pages safely?!]
- Britain's opposition party faces a fateful choice of new leader, NYT, A21.
[- like the US doesn't face a fateful choice of new leader?]
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