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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 that 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 -
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Work-sharing has proven to be one of the few areas of bipartisan consensus that we've seen over the past few years... A dozen states have passed work-sharing since 2009, mostly with bipartisan majorities, bringing the total with work-sharing programs up to 28 states plus the District of Columbia... Some might think, with "unemployment" below 5%, that this is not the right time for the President to bring attention to..work-sharing in his new budget. That couldn't be farther from the truth: Like a rainy day fund, now is exactly the right time to shore up..one of the most effective tools we have to.\.prevent mass layoffs in the future... - see whole article under today's date.
RALEIGH, N.C., USA - ...A recent North Carolina law is reestablishing rules that apply to any SNAP recipient ages 18 to 49, who are not disabled and don’t have kids. In order to continue receiving food stamps, this poverty-stricken group will be required to complete a 20 hour mandatory work week. In eastern North Carolina these changes affect approximately 36 thousand people... - see whole article under today's date.
[So David Cameron, Sarkozy and other neanderthals who deride the 35-hour workweek, just STUFF IT! Here's one of the United States that is transitioning from spoonfeeding micromanagement of the cascading casualties of mounting systemic labor-surplus to macromanaging by refocusing on JOBS (and letting the poor get their own food and housing! - they're NOT CHILDREN!). And they can't come anywhere NEAR even 35 hours a week because of the hostile job market YOUR robotics-obsoleted policies have created!]
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 -
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further *OVERPOPULATING the *"rich" countries, where most of the assets are *owned by the *top 1%, with "too much of a good thing" relative to job market & schools & lowcost housing & safetynet & 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) alias *replacement immigration (2010 update) *(one out, one in) & birth policy (one death, one birth) or at least polling for citizens' felt limits on population as in Timesizing's Phase 5 - as Roy Beck says, the problem MUST be solved where it starts - you can't save the world by moving it here & importing other countries' problems, while letting them duck the costs of their population carelessness & delay the reckoning thanks to money wired 'home' by expats -
[Whaaat? By Roger's own admission, Putin's policy is to -]
...entrench the brutal government of Bashar al-Assad by controlling the useful part of Syrian territory, bomb the moderate opposition into submission, block any possibility of Western-instigated regime change, use diplomatic blah-blah in Geneva as cover for changing the facts on the ground... It is President Vladimir Putin and Russia who are “making the weather” in Syria...
[and what is the Bamster's policy? -]
...absent any corresponding commitment or articulable policy from President Obama...
[No articulable policy? How about Gene Roddenberry's Prime Directive, "Do Not Interfere"?! An American president started this whole deeper-level-of-mess in the Mideast by uncapping the Pandora's Box of Iraq, after a British PM had started the mess in the first place by setting up, what, a theocratic democracy or a democratic theocracy? - at any rate, a contradiction: Israel, involving land theft on a major scale and lasting refugee creation. Who's benefiting? The "defense" industry worldwide.]
Syria is now the Obama administration’s shame, a debacle of such dimensions that it may overshadow the president’s domestic achievements.\.
[No it isn't and mayn't, because, Roger, a compassionoholic like yourself needs to check out Alcoholics Anonymous's "serenity prayer" and face the horrible fact that bad things happen that either we can do nothing about, or that we will only make worse if we try, as in "the way to hell is paved with good intentions." And the ever-handy-to-blame current US (or British) administration, formerly omnipotent, cannot stop them without triggering even worse developments, as demonstrated again and again and again in the last 68 years and before. Roger, idealism begins at home. We are no longer the world's policeman if we ever were. And despite your nostalgia in response to this fawning from Europe -]
“The Syrian crisis is now a European crisis,” a senior European diplomat told [a sympathetic] me. “But the president is not interested in Europe.”...
[you, Roj, need to send this message to your EU buddy: "Mes amis und meine Freunden, recall that the whole hustlebustle into a premature currency union was to inoculate Europe, very wisely considering the disaster-strewing Dubya regime, against US interference. Now you've got your wish. The US is much reduced thanks to its self-created Black Hole economy, and Europe is a force to be reckoned with. But now Europe has to deal with its own suicidal messiah complex, and find ways to bridle blankcheck-writers like Merkel, while we Merkins find ways to limit the influence of mud-slinging utopian meddlers like moi, Roger Cohen." Roger, baby, if you want somebody to DO something, address your remarks not to the Bamster, unleadingly fronting the beyond-deeply indebted American taxpayer who is suffering from a grotesquely coagulated moneysupply, but address them to the 62 richest billionaires who now "own" as much as the bottom half of world population = as much as over 3,500,000,000 people. UPDATE your idea, Roger, as to who is the current closest to being the ubiquitous and Omnipotent Fixer. Willya? Puh-leeez?!]
Worries over global growth, falling oil prices and low rates sent stocks lower, with investors dumping bank stocks, WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:6.
The Dow fell 1.1%. Market anxiety spilled into Asia early Tuesday.
[More of this bizarre expectation on the part of poverty-spreading money-coagulating Wall Streeters that the global trainwreck they created is going to be saved by the poor. Compare the wierd expectation these past twenty years that giant third-world-in-itself China is (A) going to grow by exploiting USA's "indestructible" consumer base and then after that consumer base is destroyed for lack of 40-hour jobs, is (B) going to save the world with an indestructible Chinese consumer base.]
There are signs [NYT speak for "this is already well advanced"] that banks meant to power the economy [and not just the financial sector?] are becoming more vulnerable.
[Banks, vulnerable?! How can that be, when they can smarm all over Congress, threaten mass joblessness and extort blankcheck bailouts from our childish "representatives"?!]
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