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hope du jourtm – TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
(free consulting to writers interested in setting novels or plays with higher technology and lower workweeks, 617-620-6851 x.Phil Hyde)
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 -
SEATTLE, Wash., USA - ...Fewer unemployed workers: With a 4-day work week, companies could adjust schedules to cover the "normal" operating hours. That could mean even more job openings in an economic climate that is already moving in the right direction (with 142,000 jobs just added and unemployment at 6.1%)... - see whole article under today's date.
[She's put this reason last, but it should be first. Not adjusting the workweek lower as we introduce higher technology, such as automation and robotization, allows employers to cut jobs - and their own customers' customers. We wind up with exponentiating productive capacity and weakening consumption capacity - it's a New Malthusianism.]
MANILA, Phlippines - ...Offices can choose to have work between Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday, from 8am to 7pm, for a year...with workhours extended by two hours - from 5pm to 7pm - in order to cover the 40-hour workweek... - see whole article under today's date.
[The good news= fewer days. The bad news= longer hours each day and therefore no fewer unemployed workers.]
HONG KONG, HKSAR, China - ...On working hours study, the large-scale household survey to collect working hours statistics from over 10,000 employed persons through face-to-face interviews was completed at the end of August, while the collection of self-administered questionnaires from employees of professions or occupations with relatively long working hours or distinctive working hours patterns to supplement the findings of the household survey will be completed by end-September... - 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 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 Maswik Lodge, South Rim, Grand Canyon & updating from Wendy's Burgers, Tusayan, Ariz., USA -
HOMELAND "SECURITY"? = bit of a joke, even at the highest levels, as long as our computer software is so far ahead of our economic 'software' & employment maintenance -
...A fire..was set at an Illinois air traffic control facility. ...Contract employee Brian Howard..of Naperville, Ill., was charged... Howard was found in the basement suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds and burns. He used gasoline as an accelerant, and there was fire damage to some wiring in the building...
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - you can't get growth (upsizing) by downsizing but you can by timesizing -
Grand Canyon National Park will make millions of dollars worth of cuts to services and research to help repay a $100 million loan and to make a concessions-contract more attractive to bidders.
[Some weak negotiating, outsourcing and privatizing in the past is leading the GCNP to sacrifice its mission.]
collapsing RETIREMENT in the news (archives) - no prob with short-time full employment via timesizing -
Employer programs provide retirees with postcareer jobs and volunteer opportunities.
[- neither of which made for fewer unemployed workers or more secure retirement funds - quite the contrary.]
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 -
[Around 1970 the grown-up postwar babyboomers entered the job market and replaced the labor surplus of the Great Depression. It's all been downhill since then - except for the super-rich, to whom all the surplus-slieced portion of everyone else's wages went by default.]
...Pavlina R. Tcherneva, an economist at Bard College, has a new chart that shows how..who benefits from rising incomes in an expansion has changed over the last 60 years.
[The chart appears in her article, “Reorienting fiscal policy: A bottom-up approach” in The Journal of Post Keynesian Economics (Fall, 2014).]
In the 1940s, '50s and '60s, most of the income gains experienced during expansions..accrued to most of the people. That is to say, the bottom 90% of earners captured at least a majority of the rise in income. With each expansion..however, the bottom 90% captured a smaller share of income gains and the top 10% captured more. Fast-forward to the 1990s and early 2000s expansions, and a new pattern emerged, with the huge majority of income gains going to the top 10%, leaving pocket change for everybody else. From 2001 to 2007, 98% of income gains accrued to the top 10% of earners...
...Job growth slowed in August, after six straight months of 200,000-plus payroll gains [too few to keep up with population growth]...
...A seven-year-old law..the Military Lending Act.\.was intended to shield service members and their families from high-cost loans tied to their paychecks [but] lenders have exploited loopholes in the law [that] have level hundreds of thousands of service members across the country vulnerable to potentially predatory loans, including highh-cost credit from retailers to buy electronics, payday-style loans and loans tied to car titles...
For the first time in decades, a small number of [undocumented]..migrants will get the chance to join the [US] military...through a program that recruits non-citizens with highly specialized skills and fast-tracks them for citizenship...
[How is this different from pulling in undocumented, extremely low-paid migrant workers "to do jobs that no American will do"?]
...The average annual number..with multiple casualties was
[2 from 1950-1999]
.\. 6.4 from 2000 to 2006...
...16.4..from 2007 to 2013...
...On July 12..hundreds of Israelis gathered in central Tel Aviv to..call for an end to the siege of Gaza and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank... Although several demonstrators were beaten and required medical attention, the police made no arrests...
Volunteers brave Ebola crisis, NYT, A1.
Even with new volunteers, it will take time before hospitals in West Africa can be fully staffred to care for the growing number of Ebola patients.
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