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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 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 -
AUGSBURG, Germany - ...Overall, 550 employees in the foundry and the powerplant division in Augsburg are affected. The scheme came into force this month. Worksharing has been requested until the end of April 2016... - see whole article under today's date.
[Better to share the work than slash the workforce (and consumer base!) = Timesizing, not downsizing!]
OMAHA, Neb., USA - ...To meet the budget, staffers recommended cutting hours, which they said would follow priorities in the library’s strategic plan. “This was the best balance between hours and services that we could come up with without one location taking the hit,” Marlane said... - see whole article under today's date.
[Better hourscuts than jobcuts, timesizing than downsizing!]
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.
less strategic GOOD NEWS (archives) -
• Clinton [Hillary] is calling for a round of tax cuts for the middle class that would be paid for with higher taxes on wealthier households, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to A4.
[Good strategy till we engineer full employment and maximum consumer spending via Timesizing. A more functional, less controversial way to express it would be: a round of tax cuts for the consumer base paid for with higher taxes on the investor superstructure (where the black hole of money is system-starving at worst or useless at best, except for chest-beating triumphalizing and pecking-order scuffling among a tiny population of increasingly self-insulating and -isolating families.]
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 email@example.com -
- headlines from CourtyardMarriott, 350 Dal&George Ottawa & uploading from MocaLoca, SuitesVictoria, Gatineau-Hull Québec -
further *OVERPOPULATING *USA & Canada & Europe, "too much of a good thing" relative to job market & schools & lowcost housing & safetynet (if any) & fresh-water supplies &..&..&.., especially when tax dismissiveness (& 'legacy charity') 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 (& you can't solve the problem by letting perps duck costs of their surplus people & benefit from $$ sent back by expats) -
[Let's hope not. It was the U.S.'s unnecessary uncorking of the MidEast by dislodging Saddam Hussein that avalanched into all this crap. Time for the once-great USA to siddown an' shaddap and for gawdsake, just stop meddling for a change?! We've got a plateful of problems of our own right here, and we sure don't have anything stupendous to offer (let alone impose) on the rest of the world with only 56% of the states even with halfway steps to economic sustainability. And so much of what is seen as "response" today is the unconsultative and selfl-destructive imposition on one's citizenry of a sudden and huge and helpless injection of the most basic ticket to unsustainability: (over-)population.]
With terrorist attacks and a flood of refugees [from Syria and disaffected from dozens of other countries], a crisis on the periphery has now spilled over into the core. [blowout header]
[A "cliff" sounds more like lemming-type suicide for them and costly and lengthy cleanup for us.]
[Open borders = no world order. Isn't it odd that the very people who cherish private property and dismiss its opposite as "socialist" or "communist," at the individual level disdain it at the international level? Isn't "open borders" a contradiction in terms? Opener borders = less control. More globalization - less fine tuning. Maybe "something there is that does not like a wall" but on the other hand, "good fences make good neighbors." (Robert Frost)]
wall of CLOSINGS & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
Caffeine withdrawal: Tim Hortons shutters some outlets in New York, Maine, NP, FP3.
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - you can't get growth (UPsizing) by downsizing but you can by timesizing -
...Harris Fricker..the CEO of GMP is grappling with heavy losses, falling revenue, evaporating bonuses and deep job cuts in the aftermath of the commodities crash...
Brokerages: This downturn feels more entrenched.\. (B10 inside header)
It's not just GMP. Canada's once highly profitable independent investment banks and brokerages are reeling amid technological upheaval and a shrinking pool of deals at a time when big banks are muscling into their territory...
[So project Glass-Steagall's separation of banking, brokerage and insurance up and out to any and all big banks that want to do business in Canada. But remember, in the long term (which is getting here faster every day), the fewer "deals" (=mergers)), the better.]
[But in any case, the burden is on you the jobseeker, and if you don't get a job it's all your fault - nevermind the cumulative effects of downsizing (instead, say, of Timesizing).]
Canadian stocks pulled back as weakness in heavyweight energy and materials stocks amid volatile oil price action and a disppointing drop in retail sales tarnished a week of decent [=modest?] gains...
VW will cut spending on new projects to offset the costs of its emissions scandal, TG, B1 pointer to B4.
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