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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, & 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 -
SAGINAW, Mich., USA - ...Saginaw County Controller Robert Belleman says because of the Affordable Healthcare Act, which states employers who have 100 or more employees [thot it was 50 - did they raise it?] must provide their full-time employees with health coverage, the commissioners will limit their workweek to an average of 29 hrs/wk, or 519 hours in 90 consecutive days... With 11 commissioners on the board at an average of $17,000/yr per commissioner for family benefits, the money invested becomes substantial. Belleman says there shouldn't be a problem with the commissioners being able to perform their service to the county with a shortened work week... - see whole article under today's date.
TAIPEI, Taiwan - ...The draft amendment proposes a maximum 40-hour workweek, revising the regulations that currently allow up to 84 hours a fortnight [avg.42hrs/wk]. ...Meanwhile..2-day weekends have been in effect in the public service since 2001 but are granted to only about 50.1% of private sector employees... The[y] will be extended to include Taiwan's entire 8 million-strong workforce...
- see whole article under today's date.
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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- headlines from Suites Victoria, Hull & Courtyard Marriott, Ottawa & updating from Kate's Kaffé, Somerville MA USA -
further *OVERPOPULATING Germany & EU relative to job market & schools & lowcost housing & 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 Timesizing's Phase 5 -
"Refugee" surge presses on German villages [our quotes] - Resistance stiffens as rising numbers of asylum seekers are sent to countryside shelters, Wall Street Journal, A14.
Germany receives more asylum applications than any other country (blowout header)
[Also, die sanftgeherzigten Stadtwohnerinnen, die viel politische Macht haben, schicken die Kosten ihres Mitglieds zu der ruralischen Wohnerinnen, die wenig politische Macht haben. Völlig unsustainablisch!]
...will at least double the current monthly funding..for the EU's border-control operations...
[Are they trying not to say for blocking illegals?]
Leaders will also try to reach agreement on a pilot project [ohoh] to distribute across the EU at least 5,000 "refugees" [our ""], who are stranded outside the EU but meet asylum requirements...
[Uh, wouldn't it be smarter = less unsustainable to tighten the asylum requirements under the circumstances? How long does it take EU "leaders" to wake up to the fact that there's an entire, safety-be-damned INDUSTRY across Africa, southern Asia (and sssh, the EU itself), to stuff the EU with people from earlier stages of social evolution who speak none of their languages and have none of their marketable skills? How long will it take cushioned plutocrats the first-world over to realize that they CAN NOT solve the rest of the world's population and social and religious/educational and political and economic and ecological problems by importing an amount of them that is TINY relative to their rate of generation in the rest of the world? These problems can only be solved where they are being created, difficult as it may be to watch others learning the hard way - as in fact the first world had to do it since there were no more advanced models then. Modeling sustainability is the most the first world can do. If even the first world loses what little sustainability it has (and the Club of Rome says it doesn't have much) thanks to misguided move-them-all-here "solutions," our "goose" is really "cooked" and we doom our descendants to a deeper hell than we already have. People, there are NO optimistic ecologists in this world. Wake up. We are all Easter Islanders now.]
wall of CLOSINGS & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
[Beware! You can't raise sales by closing branches!]
...Being the largest seller of [big] equipment...Caterpillar's [sales are] a sort of macroeconomic early-warning system. Two big worries - the slowdown in China's property market and a related slump in demand for commodities from crude oil to iron ore - showed up quickly in its monthly sales reports, helpfully broken down by region and type of machinery...
[Poor little rich boys.]
..."The ban of crude-oil exports is a relic of another time," John Hess, CEO of Hess Corp...
[Oh yeah? Like Glass-Steagall was a relic of another time? Are we solidly on renewable energy in the once-great USA? Do we have a majority of electric vehicles? This is not a game, with or without glass beads, and Hess(e) is no magister ludi.]
[= translation of "Métro, le seul quotidien en croissance"]
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