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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 -
[Yes, la vielle France is having another attack of The Stupids but not in the direction the mainstream narrative thinks -]
PARIS, France - ...More than a decade after it was introduced, the 35-hour workweek still projects an image of France as being one of the most laid-back places in the world to work. In most of the rest of the eurozone, the 40-hour workweek is standard. But in reality, France’s 35-hour week has become largely symbolic, as employees across the country pull longer hours and work more intensely, with productivity per hour about 13 percent higher than the eurozone average. And a welter of loopholes lets many French employers outmaneuver the law. All told, French workers put in an average of 39.5 hours a week, just under the eurozone average of 40.9 hours a week... The law has not improved an unemployment rate that, at 10.2%, hovers near a high...
[You can't blame the law for that because you've just admitted that IT'S NOT ENFORCED. And 10.2% unemployment is hardly "hovering near a high" - its 12.6% level in 1997 was what motivated French voters to move beyond the voluntary and flexible Robien Law to the mandatory Jospin law, which had a sloppy overtime design from the gitgo and was put off several times but STILL reduced unemployment from 12.6% in 1997 to 8.6% in 2001 before the US-led recession hit France and pushed unemployment back up to 10-point-something, where it has remained ever since despite repeated waves of weakening the law by trapped-in-the-box thinkers like ex-prez Sarkozy. Truth is, those who yak most about liberté are the most scared of it - they are control freaks who want to sink back to longer work hours and less free time, which is the most basic freedom of all, without which the other freedoms are either inaccessible or meaningless. The 35-hour workweek has yet to be enforced with #1 the implementation of a good overtime-to-training&hiring conversion process and #2 the further reduction of the workweek as far as it takes to trigger enough convertible overtime to yield full employment and maximum domestic consumer spending, every economies' unused foundation for stability and, via the multiplier effect, platform for growth aka upsizing. They sure aren't getting it from downsizing and relapsing to longer hours in the age of AI and robotics. And right here in the very next sentence is the proof that even shorter hours are needed -]
Nor does it address a deeper challenge in the French workplace: the rising use of part-time contracts... - see whole article under today's date.
[So in France as everywhere else that does not have a controlled and anticipatory system for lowering worktime while heightening technology, shorter hours are happening anyway but not the best way that retains jobs & consumer spending & markets - yes folks, it grow your workweek and shrink your economy, while bloating your financial sector which owns the media so you never get the straight story.]
[Sexist? Well, back in 1912, ex-Pres. Teddy "Call me Theodore!" Roosevelt né Republican, now "Bull Moose" party leader, advocated a shorter workweek for two situations: continuous-production industries and FOR WOMEN.]
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has suggested that the daily working hours for female employees be reduced by two hours. The work hour reduction is needed in order for women to have more time in preparing their children for the future... On a separate occasion, Minister for Administrative Reform Yuddy Chrisnandi has welcomed the VP’s suggestion to reduce the number of working hours for women... - see whole article under today's date.
[Yay for Yuddy!]
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)
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FONT SIZE=5>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 -
South Africa's biggest furniture group..has a-greed to buy..Africa's largest retailer in a..cash-and-share deal.
spreading RECESSION transitioning to DEPRESSION (& OK, apocalypse in general - archives) though spun by Wall Streeters as "slow recovery" to hide their part in creating it by funneling unlimited %'s of the money supply to themselves, thus trapping it in torpid circulation in financial markets partitioned from the warp-speed circulation in consumer & business markets -
[Nevermind that without all the bad stuff counted as positive, like weapon production and residual Homeland "Security" paranoia, the GDP would be in the red.]
[Note that the Dow "eases" down 2.96 points but "jumps" up almost 3 points = shouting the good news, whispering the bad.]
[Thanks for nothing! Colleague Kate points out that newly-scumbag Fannie & Freddie, by refusing to sell to them, assassinated the private non-profits that popped up to do what the banks were failing to do, namely sell homes back to their foreclosed owners at rates they could afford.]
...likened the continent to a barren grandmother...
[Huh? Aren't all grandmothers barren?]
...speech in Strasbourg was aimed at lifting the spirits of a region mired in economic stagnation, yet he was particularly vivid in depicting its sense of decline...
[- not to mention the decline of the Vatican itself with ongoing revelations that it's been the Child-Abuse Club for Men over the past millennium.]
Pope's blunt message to Europe, New York Times, A1 pointer to A4.
Pope Francis, offering a "message of hope" to the European Parliament, gave a strikingly frank critique of Europe's malaise.
[All Europe has to do is do more of what it's already doing relative to America = CUT WORKTIME per person = shorter workweeks, longer vacations, earlier retirement, longer education = spread the vanishing work in the age of AI and robotics and drop the obsolete Puritan work ethic. Ironically, to save work and self-support in the age of worksaving technology, we MUST work less to include everyone. But alas, even Europeans themselves generally have no idea what they're doing right!]
Corporate confidence and investment dip as outlook weakens.
[Uh, how come Austria is putting negative stuff on their FT section frontpage? Or FT must be in control of this?]
...late 1950s..Austrian chancellor to Khrushchev: "...How to distinguish the German from the Austrian economic miracle...the German one was hard work; the Austrian one a true miracle."...
The reality of working longer and retiring poorer starts to bite.
[Easy fix = upgrade Kurzarbeit to permanent version = Timesizing!]
...Glacier Memorial Park...
...China accounts for two fifths of all new nuclear [power] capacity under construction around the world (graphs subhead)
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