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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 -
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - ...The Czech government, labor unions and business leaders this week found initial consensus for the short-time regime, called kurzarbeit in German, that prevents companies from rapidly reducing head counts and worsening local labor markets due to macroeconomic downturns... The plan helped Germany survive the downturn following Europe’s initial financial crises, but the jury is still out whether this remains a long-term economic solution... - see whole article under today's date.
[Of course it's not a long-term solution; It's short-term, because it depends on the jobseekers' fund aka unemployment insurance. It's a short-term emergency solution that is halfway to a long-term version with independent organically related funding, namely, Timesizing.]
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...Overall productivity and disposable income seem to increase as annual hours worked lessen. Also workers with more free time tend to be more loyal, are healthier and can ultimately be more productive and valuable in the long run... - see whole article under today's date.
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA - ...This decision should serve as a reminder to employers to review their workweek policies to ensure that the workweek is not only clearly defined, but also defined in a way that is most economical to the company... - see whole article under today's date.
[At least redefinition of the workweek is affirmed here, if only in the one-sided, consumption&circulation&market-eroding interest of the employer. Now it's time to move toward full employment, so these information-withholding and compulsively employee-scanting employers can be disciplined by employee departures.]
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: Via's Panorama Lounge, RR station, Montréal & updating from *VanHoutte Café, 77 duPortage, Île de Hull, Québec -
WHAT "HOMELAND SECURITY"? = bit of a joke, even at the highest levels,
as long as our computer software is so far ahead of our core political-economy 'software' -
Two former owners and two employees at a Northern California slaughterhouse [Rancho Feeding Corp.] involved in a massive beef recall have been charged with devising and carrying out a scheme to process meat from diseased cattle and evade government inspections...
non-market MAKEWORK in the news (archives) - too-little too-late, too ecostressing, too special-interest, too wasteful, too desperate, artificial or even...too military & all axed at the root by full employment via first-aid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
lootin'- & layoff-triggering MERGERS 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 -
epidemic HOMELESSNESS in North America (archives) - so unnecessary with full employment via timesizing -
...The other day, it was more than 23,600...
[Oh, so by all means let's add the 47,000 "unaccompanied children" sneaking across the border!]
...Marshalls & Homegoods bucked weak retail-industry trends...
[What job training? And if it's not tightly tied to specific skill demands and workplaces like Timesizing's conversion of chronic overtime into training&hiring, what good is it?]
Executives often balk at the idea of putting big projects on hold or missing face time with important clients. (blowout header)
[The myth of indispensability lives!]
[or manufacturing victimization by free trade dogma?]
In 2001, manufacturers accounted for more than 66% of Canada's R&D spending. Since then, it has declined 22%... (photo caption)
[A related headline right above -]
Canada losing steam in its push for an export boom, TG, B2.
[Can't control export markets. Can control domestic consumption and multiplier therefrom, but MUST decoagulate national money supply and quit funneling more of it to richest 0.001%. How? Full employment. How? Converting chronic overtime into training&hiring and creating enough convertible overtime by gradually cutting the workweek as much as it takes = Timesizing.]
...Last week's..report on second-quarter GDP growth was.\. disappointing... Germany's economy shrank while France's stalled...
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