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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 -
TROY, Maine, USA - ...Michelle Neal, who went to the Troy post office Friday morning, said she stops by regularly to use the service for her small business, which sells weighted products for children with autism. Neal said having the local post office open for fewer hours will make using the Troy office less convenient, but said she was glad it did not close... - see whole article under today's date.
[Timesizing, not downsizing!]
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...Sweden's experiments with shorter workdays, set to begin earlier this month, defy the overworking standard we experience in the U.S. They support of the notion that more work doesn't always equal more productivity... - see whole article under today's date.
[- especially in the age of automation and robotics!]
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 *Porter Sq. Books, Boston-Cambridge, & updating from Kate's Kaffee, Boston-Somerville, Mass. USA -
further OVERPOPULATING America relative to job market & safety net & fresh-water supplies & ... - In a finite biosphere, every country should be moving to steady-state migration (one out, one in) and birth policy (one death, one birth) or at least polling for its citizens' limits on population variables as in Phase 5 of the Timesizing program -
[Nevermind it's not their problem if we don't have a border. No border, no nation.]
[Ecology trumps "morality" because ecology is survival. Put another way, any "morality" that doesn't alreadyu come from ecology soon will. And isn't this "temporary" stuff just an immoral lie? - not to mention the immorality of violating the nation's laws - not to mention the immorality of individually imposing your will on unconsultatively with a whole state-full of taxpayers - not to mention the immorality of imposing blank-check costs on them... If Patrick wants to take responsibility for some of these "helpless" (or maybe notso helpless) "children," let them go out to his place in the Berkshires where he and he alone can pick up the bill for his naive style of "morality."]
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 -
[Mostly what's fueling the boom in mergers is the stupidity-cupidity of the stupor-super-wealthy who just keep playing the game of moremoremore for meeeeeeeee regardless of the suspicion that I do not have a CLUE what to do with it - I sure can't spend it on stuff I need or want in the Consumer Spending Dept., where money is circulating at warp speed, so I'm lookinglookinglooking for profitable, or even merely sustainable, or not too losable...investments. And I have the dim sense that the longer I look for investments, the longer everyone else looks for a job. And I do not even want to THINK that I, yes I, may be CAUSING the slowness of the "recovery" by concentrating and coagulating the nation's money supply. But the more I have, the nervouser I get, and the more I want to make me less nervous... = a ticket to Trouble with a capital T.]
Shire deal is year's biggest in US - AbbeVie can claim Irish address and lower tax rate, BG, B5.
wall of CLOSURES & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
["methinks the lady doth protest too much" - check out the restrictions -]
..for Americans who pursue technical or practical training - Welders, nurses and franchise owners [only three?] are still finding career paths into the middle class, WSJ, C1.
'Middle-skilled' jobs - needing more than high school but less than college - could make up close to half of future U.S. jobs [blowout header]
[But who really needs college anyway? The first thing they tell you in engineering jobs is, forget everything they told you and listen up!]
[Disruptive for whom? You employees? Who cares about YOU - you're a dime a dozen. You getting a (small) check? Then SHUUUT UUUP! If you're gonna be stupid enough to passively accept a pre-technology 40-hour workweek from 74 years ago indefinitely into the Age of Robotics, your "disruptions" don't matter. So shaddap or you're quit - there's lotsa people waiting for your job - and they'll do it for less!]
[= another zero-sum game?]
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How? By adjusting the workweek down & up - instead of firing & hiring - based on a comprehensive blueprint for a green economy
& a new worktime economics where, 100 years from now, people will be...
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