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hopes/dooms du jour, January 1-30, 2004
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vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
TIMEsizing consciousness in the news = strategic glimmers ignored since Pearl Harbor:
Hollister CA considers 4-day workweeks & jobsharing to avoid layoffs
America's malls in trouble as consumers juggle ever greater demands on their time
timesizing Nucor steel in profit while other steelmakers (like Stelco today) go bust
IG Metall faces hard fight over work hours
+ random glimmers of intelligence, in Wall Street Journal (j) or NY Times (t):
Bush raises price of Medicare bill 33% - Dems & conservative Republicans vindicated (t.A15)
wake-up call - GOP revolt over runaway spending (j.A12) - deficit jeopardizes Bush (j.A1)
the cheaper the better - in last 4 Super Bowls, team with lower-paid quarterback won - maybe because cheaper QBs freed up pay for other players (j.W4) - & what guy who's making $25m is going to listen to a coach making 2m, asks Peter Gent (NPR Boston 9:50am 1/31)
Argentina plays chicken with IMF - Kirchner acts like he calls the shots (j.A13) - & he does

vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
TIMEsizing consciousness in the news = strategic glimmers ignored since Pearl Harbor:
markets treat labor as just another commodity - if in surplus, wages sink,
  & take consumer markets and the whole economy down with them - unless we timesize
Tampa police get rapped for overwork - 75 hour weeks...
big German union still hemorrhaging political clout on higher wages instead of shorter hours
Strategic Coach reminds entrepreneurs it's about working smart, not long - suggests Free Days
+ random glimmer of intelligence, in Wall Street Journal (j) or NY Times (t):
let's outsource professors who defend outsourcing (j.A19)

    1/28/2004 wed’s index to top US papers
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  • headline from hell(tm) from Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    • Alan Greenspan's duty = voice his worries now that CBO testifies taxcut&spend GOP raises deficit ($477B this year) $100B over last year to 4.2% GDP = economic malpractice (t.page A24)
  • 3 DOWNsizings, totaling 10,170 lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    • 6% workforce cut (6000 jobs lost) as Kraft Foods trims fat (& markets), instead of just trimming its workweek 6% (29 minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training&hiring and keeping everyone working & buying at least 94% as much food as before (j.B2, t.C3)
    • 3400 planned cuts (40%) as Citigroup announces more layoffs at former Sears unit (t.C3)
    • 770 jobcuts (5%, 640+130) as Steelcase office furniture closes 2 plants (t.C3)
  • 1 economy-level bankruptcy story reported in WSJ (j) &/or NYT (t): 
    • worldwatch - a record number of Japanese declared personal bankruptcy in Jan-Nov/2003 with a tougher economy & easier regulations: 220,695 = a tenfold increase since 1991 (j.A15)
  • 1 work-linked suicide: Minn. lottery chief died in apparent suicide day after meeting auditors (j.A1)
  • 2 PUFFsizing items = makework rampant creating ?? ‘jobs’:
    • outsourcing is good for America, if you like inefficiency of switching from huge do-it-all plants like Ford/River Rouge to getting parts from vast array of domestic & foreign suppliers (j.A16)
    • S.Korea spent $1.7B in public funds last year on restructuring financial sector (j.A15)
vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
TIMEsizing consciousness in the news = strategic glimmers ignored since Pearl Harbor:
Australia creeps ahead on working hours but mainly only moving around same number of hours & tying options to reproduction in age of overpopulation
meanwhile, Germany appears to be throwing away its lead on the shorter-hour worksharing route to maximizing its domestic consumer base
and S.Korea's high youth unemployment bolster the need for the worksharing of their new 40-hour workweek & maybe even adjust it lower
+ random glimmers, in Wall Street Journal (j) or NY Times (t):
2 UPsizings - ?? jobs as Calif. & federal officials move on plans for $37B 700-mile high-speed rail system (t.A19) & as Reliance Group plans in India world's largest ($2.2B) gas-run powerplant (t.W1)

1/27/2004 tuesday’s index to top US papers
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  • 12 headlines from hell(tm) from the Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    fiscal 2004 deficit estimate is basically unchanged at $477 billion, CBO said (j.A1)
    long-term deficit expected to widen (j.A2), and 10 more hell hound headers
  • 1 more bank takeover story = appetizer for DOWNsizing:
    Sovereign Bancorp (S&L) to gulp Seacoast Financial of New Bedford MA for $1.1B (j.C5, t.C4)
  • 1 apologia pro takeovers:
    some 'dinosaur' mergers still alive & thriving: Citigroup, Pfizer, GE (j.A15) - but in minority
  • 9 general DOWNsizing stories reported in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    'recovery' has had weaker job creation than any recovery since World War II (t.C1)
    education is no protection - white collar jobs are headed abroad (t.A27);   plus 7 other downers
  • 2 general PUFFsizing items = makework rampant creating ?? ‘jobs’: big banks, big bailouts (j.A14)
    ahead of the tape - Wall Street's baloney has a first name: R-E-S-T-R-U-C-T-U-R-I-N-G  (j.C1) vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness in the news = strategic glimmers ignored since Pearl Harbor:
    more discussion of free time by WSJ - catching on?
    Multiplastics of S.C. switched to four-day workweek & cut hours to avoid layoffs
    world's largest private software company, SAS, has 7-hour workday
    5.1%, or 230,000, of salaried South Koreans in their 20s, including self-employed,
       average fewer than 27 working hours a week
    + random glimmers, in Wall Street Journal (j) or New York Times (t):
    general malaise - Dems want to get rid of Bush more than Repubs want to keep him (j.A14)
    on again, off again: corporate America & Dems split -
       'forget Saddam, real enemy is Halliburton' (j.A4)
    US District Judge Audrey Collins rules parts of 'Patriot' Act curtail free speech (j.A6)
    tobacco industry gets bad news in 2 lawsuits (j.D12)
    our border brigades - how we've tried & tried to stop illegal immigrants (j.A14) -
       but without prosecuting their U.S. employers
    Brazil won't renew accord with IMF (j.A12) = cutting the puppetstrings to hovering USA

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  • weekend headlines from hell (tm)  • bird flu   • bad loans,   & 12 other doozies  
  • 1 bank merger = appetizers for DOWNsizing: • Union Planters & Regions Financial in $5.9B deal (1/24 t.B4)
  • 2 DOWNsizings, totaling 150 + ?? lost jobs cited in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or NY Times (t):
    •   150 jobcuts as United Airlines trims Miami schedule (1/24 t.B4, 1/26 j.A11)
    •   unspecified cuts as Bottom Line cabaret in Greenwich Village closes (1/24 t.A14)
  • 9 general DOWNsizing stories in WSJ &/or NYT or Boston Globe:
    •   'recovery' has weaker job creation than any recovery since World War II  
    •   education is no protection - white collar jobs heading abroad,   plus other 7 stories
  • 1 story of eroding retirement cited in WSJ (j) or NYT (t): • 3 Bush advisors voice pension fears (1/26 j.A2)
  • 1 prison item: • top Ill. court upholds Gov.Ryan's commutation of all deathrow inmates (1/24 t.A8)
  • work-linked suicide: • Parmalat executive, Alessandro Bassi, early 40s, jumps off bridge in Italy (1/24 t.B3)
  • 8 PUFFsizings = makework rampant involving ?? 'jobs' reported in WSJ &/or NYT:
    •   omnibus spending bill has $10.7B in 7931 earmarked 'sweetheart projects', 15 per Congressman
    •   scale of US military spending faces GAO questions - $4B/mon for Iraqis & $1B/mon for Afghans,
         & 6 more costly-caustics
    vs.  hope du jourtm
    TIMEsizing = strategic hope - the only thing we haven't tried lately:
    • WSJ wakes up to erosion of most basic freedom = free time - dropped from 26 to 19 hrs/wk as median workweek jumped from 41 to 49, 1973-2003
    • Florida judge won't give class-action status to unpaid-overtime suit vs. Wal-Mart cuz doesn't have resources to calculate damages?! - plus 3 other stories

    weekend roll-up -
    5 issues/wk - wk's avg homepage hits/issue: 67
    doom of the week
    tm
    from the WSJ & the NYT:
    • 16 DOWNsizings, over 19,644 jobcuts   • 4 bankruptcies  
    • 2 eroding-retirement stories   • 2 prison stories   • 1 work-linked suicide story

    vs.  hope of the weektm from the WSJ & the NYT:
    • 13 TIMEsizing items (?? new or saved jobs)  • 0 UPsizing + • 14 makework items (?? new 'jobs')

    {{ ytd: 77 timsizngs (600+ new or sav'd jobs) + 3 upsizngs (?? new jobs) + 37 makwrk (1503+ 'jobs') =
    total: 2103 = 2.8% of cuts VERSUS 56 downsizgs (76,458+ cuts) + 15 bankrupt ($??+) +2 homelessness +6 prison +2 suicid }}

    1/23/2004 friday’s index to top US papers
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  • headlines from hell(tm) from the Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    ahead of tape, rebound buzz belied by abnormally low mfg capacity usage (75%) & biz loans (j.C1), or 'about 74%', well below avg of 1972-2002 (1/26 j.A2)
    ex-Enron CFO indicted on 6 felony wraps, belies next headline: CEOs say 'too much regulation' (t.C1)
    union membership dropped 0.2 to 12.9% of all workers last yr, 0.4 to 8.2% in private sector (j.A14)
    where food comes from is unlabeled & unknown thanks to undebated doctoring of spending bill (t.A24)
  • 2 takeover stories = appetizers for DOWNsizing: merger from hell - TW paid too much for AOL (j.W5)
    outlook for Oracle's hostile bid for PeopleSoft dims as Justice Dept. takes aim (j.A12)
  • 6 DOWNsizings, totaling 2130 +?? lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    1020 jobcuts (950+70) as Wilsons the Leather Experts close 100+28 stores (t.C4)
    475 cuts as J.C. Penney closes Austin, Tex. telemarketing center (yay! - t.C4)
    395 as Furniture Brands International closes 2 N.Carolina plants (t.C4)
    240 as Motorola closes cellphone plant in Florida (t.C4)
    unspecified cuts as bankrupt (1/14) Factory 2-U closes 44 of its 239 southwest US stores (t.C4)
    and as Aurora Foods closes its HQ in St. Louis (t.C4)
  • 5 general DOWNsizing stories reported in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    US economy growing, layoffs slower, but not much new hiring (j.A2)
    jobless claims show unexpected drop, OK dip, OK tick (1000/342000 = 0.0029), OK forget it (t.C2)
    the other America - Bush whistles past the unemployment lines (t.A25)
    offices vacancies are sky-high; so why no crisis? (cuz they say so on page one?! - j.A1)
    US wage inequality has begun widening again, due to persistent unemployment amid 'recovery' (j.A1)
  • 1 bankruptcy mentioned in WSJ (j) &/or NYT (t): WLP Estate fka Wellington Leisure Products (j.C15)
  • 1 eroding retirement story: • Senate debates pensions, 'Can we make it easier to stiff retirees?' (j.A4)
  • 3 PUFFsizings = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified ‘jobs’:
    pResident proposes $30B for homeland security - indicates re-election strategy (j.A9, t.A19)
    Halliburton tells Pentagon that workers took Iraq-deal kickbacks (j.A1)
    sweet & lowdown on how sugar lobby is blocking fight against obesity (t.A25) vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness in the news = strategic glimmers ignored since Pearl Harbor:
    Hilton mounts leisure-time advocacy initiative 
    Westward Industries cuts hours to trim layoffs
    European Parliament's Employment & Social Affairs Committee wants end UK's long hours
    Isle of Guernsey survey: 60% of mfg & non-financial service jobholders exceed 40 hrs/wk

    1/22/2004 thurs’ index to top US papers
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  • headlines from hell(tm) from the Wall St. Journal (j) &/or N.Y. Times (t):
    Bush budget pledge to hold down spending increases requires creative accounting (j.A4)
    growing global unease - sustainable recovery built on ballooning US deficits??? (j.A10)
    Bush offers menu of skimpy & warmed-over healthcare proposals (t.A24) but... lotsa stuff for gun lobby - gun dealers can wipe ID-check records after just 24 hours - THIS is homeland security? (t.A24) - correction: FBI must wipe them (1/24 t.A28)
    Bush backs food-labeling delay, never mind mad cow = more 'homeland security'? (t.A14)
    meanwhile, it's payback time against US travelers targeted by countries’ fees, red tape, visa rules (j.D1) = Bush's autistic foreign policy backfires again   (that's IT: Bush & neo-cons are autistic!)
  • 1 bank takeover = appetizer for DOWNsizing:
    South Financial Group to buy CNB Florida Bancshares for $157m (t.C4)
  • 5 DOWNsizings, totaling 15,225 lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    21% workforce cut (15000 jobs lost - there goes Rochester! - 'Tech blessing becomes Rochester's curse' (1/23 j.A8) as Kodak cuts costs (& markets) in response to digital push, instead of just trimming its workweek 21% (to five 6hr20min days for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training&hiring and keeping everyone working, earning, & buying at least 79% as much camera gear as before (j.A1)
    125 jobcuts as Rogers Corp. computer & wireless gear moves jobs from Conn. to China (t.C4)
    100 cuts as Dutch grocer Royal Ahold closes US corporate retail HQ in Va. (t.W1)
    unspecified cuts as Smith & Wesson moves HQ from Ariz. to Mass. (t.C4) & as Johnson Controls consolidates plants in Europe (j.C6)
  • 1 liquidation cited in WSJ (j) &/or NYT (t): 
    Penn Financial Group Inc., under SIPA, 15 USC, §78aaa ff. (j.B7) vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    Minneapolis Star Tribune features a good indictment of Bush 'overtime grab'
    Miami Herald connects dots from shorter hours to better productivity
    + random glimmers of hope in Wall Street Journal (WSJ) or NY Times (NYT):
    US prosecutors work their way up Enron hierarchy toward Lay & Skilling - about time! (j.B5)
    Bush's profligate spending criticized by conservative Republicans including 40 GOP reps, Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth, WSJ editorial page (t.A1)
    ex-CIA aides press for inquiry by Congress over leak of undercover name (t.A1)
    6-day anti-Davos’ Bombay forum is anti-war, draws 80,000 attendees from 100 lands (t.A6)
    Schering & Akzo Nobel launch joint trials in quest for elusive male contraceptive pill (j.D2)

    1/21/2004 wed’s index to top US papers
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  • 7 headlines from hell(tm) from the Wall St. Journal (j) &/or N.Y. Times (t):
    • on & on re Dean's guttural warcry, nothing re issues = slow news day? (t.A20)
    • no foolproof way seen to contain franken genes (t.A10 // j.A1)
    • economic talks draw elite to Davos but have no salient issue (except bottlenecking elistism) (t.A5)
    • another jobless GDP jump = China's 9.1%, so GDP irrelevant except as vibrator for investors (j.A1)
    • US dollar down again with rise of pastel Kerry candidacy & Bush hot air (j.C4, J.A1)
    • S.Korea gets into consumer debt 'solution' to flaccid consumer markets (j.A11)
    • big lesson from Iowa: it's still the economy (ie: jobs), stupid (j.A1)
  • 2 general DOWNsizing stories reported in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    • job gains have been weak, but fewer jobless are receiving benefits - but fewer are eligible - & service-sector execs say they've got new jobs opening up - yeah, McJobs (t.C1)
    • dragged down by underperforming stores, America's moribund malls are calling on consultants (j.A1)
  • 1 prison item:
    • Ala. ends unique segregation of inmates with HIV from educational & vocational programs (t.A21)
  • 2 PUFFsizings = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified ‘jobs’:
    • Canadian carparts maker Magna owes success to ability to get government backing (t.C4)
    • Cambodian girls drift into brothel slavery (t.A29) & buying 1-2 girls' freedom no solution (t.A28) vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • Ontario gov't wants check with employers & employees about ending previous govt's allowance of up to 60-hour workweek - shades of Japan 3 years ago

    1/20/2004 tuesday’s index to top US papers
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  • 2 headlines from hell(tm) from the Wall St. Journal (j) &/or N.Y. Times (t):
    • the Taliban creep back in Afghanistan (t.A20)
    • Bush is going for broke, busting the budget to promise us the moon, & Mars as well - and his forced enlistment extensions for our National Guard & Reserve constitute an unlegislated draft (t.A21)
  • 2-in-1 item on bank takeovers = appetizers for DOWNsizing:
    • bigger isn't better for U.S. banks - so ... small is beautiful after all? (t.A20)
  • 3 DOWNsizings, totaling 2264 lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    • 7% workforce cut (1500 jobs lost) as Alitalia cuts costs (& markets), instead of just trimming its workweek 7% (35 minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training&hiring and keeping everyone together working, earning, confident & spending at least 93% as much as before (t.A5)  
    • 625 jobs lost as 84-yr-old Archibald Candy Corp. shuts down in Chicago (t.C4)  
    • 19 net layoffs (139 cuts -120 adds) as Lydall air filters closes Ohio plant (t.C4)
  • 1 general DOWNsizing story reported in Wall Street Journal (j) &/or New York Times (t):
    • Hong Kong unemployment eases 0.2% for Oct-Dec from Sep-Nov, but still high at 7.3% (t.C9)
  • 2 new (to us) bankruptcies cited in WSJ (j) &/or NYT (t): 
    • 84-yr-old Archibald Candy Corp. filed bankruptcy in 2002 (t.C4)
    • Redwood Empire Restaurants & Levey Properties in Ch.11 (j.B4)    
  • 2 general bankruptcy stories reported in WSJ (j) &/or NYT (t): 
    • Frank Carone's $27m multiple fraud cases show gaps in US bankruptcy system oversight (j.C1)
    • Japan: bankruptcies decline 14.5% to 16,624 in 2003 from 2002, first decline in 4 years (t.C9)
  • 1 PUFFsizing = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified ‘jobs’:
    • Bush to bribe private HMOs extra 10.6% to enter Medicare mkt & boost benefits for seniors (t.A1) vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • WSJ admits fall in number of hours worked in Dec. is 'potentially aberrant'
    • UPI reporter wakes up to the deeper disempowerment layers of workaholism
    • Harvard law prof backs him up
    • echoes from England
    + random glimmer of hope in Wall Street Journal (WSJ) or NY Times (NYT):
    • anti-Davos’ globalization World Social Forum held in financial capital, Bombay (t.A7)

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    • 2 headlines from hell (tm)  • falling US$ makes joke of US stock 'recovery' relative to euro
      • eroding honesty in America belies Republican rhetoric
    • 5 DOWNsizings, totaling 7269 lost jobs cited in Wall Street Journal (J) &/or NY Times (T): • 2700 offshores by Electrolux (1/19 WSJ, B8)   • 1700 more cuts by MCI (1/19 WSJ, A1,B4)   • 1600 Japan cuts by Seiyu (1/19 WSJ, B4)  
      • 900 UK cuts by Boots (1/19 WSJ, B4)   • 369 by Federated Dept. Stores (1/17 T.B4, 1/19 J.B4)
    • 6 general DOWNsizing tales in WSJ (J) &/or NYT (T): • current tech 'recovery' is spotty (1/19 BG.F1)
      • no wonder, when even IBM now wants to save $168m/yr by offshoring 1000s of jobs - US programmer $56/hr, Chinese $12.50/hr (1/19 J.A1) - ergo 'recovery' still jobless (see our developing solution, 1/29/2004)
      • backlash looms as white-collar jobs leave US - last year 8 states mulled ending biz with foreign workers (1/19 Boston Globe.A3)
      • Bush's big marriage sell blows $1.5B on counseling etc. while ignoring joblessness (1/17 T.A30)
      • deadbeat firms in China owe backpay to tens of millions of migrant workers (1/19 WSJ, A1)
      • France closes 3rd industrial plant in Pas-de-Calais after 10 die of Legionnaires' disease (1/19 WSJ, A1)
    • 1 story of eroding retirement cited in Boston Globe:
      • at least 45,000 quit AARP over its support of Bush Medi‘care’ law (1/17 BG, A2)
    • 3 PUFFsizings = makework rampant involving ?? 'jobs' reported in WSJ & BG (Boston Globe):
      • US inquiry deepens into accusations vs. Halliburton unit KBR of fuel overcharges (1/17 BG, D1)
      • for Cheney-tied Halliburton, Uncle Sam brings steady profits (1/19 WSJ, A1)
      • Medicare bill gives additional $500m to private HMOs/insurance plans this year (1/19 WSJ, B4)
      vs.  hope du jourtm
      TIMEsizing = strategic hope - the only thing we haven't tried lately:
      • new gov't set to end old govt's raising of workweek cap to 60 hrs
      • ruling party in Greece mulls 35-hr workweek
      • Ohio county cuts hours to avoid cutting jobs, plus 4 other stories
      + random hope: • 1 UPsizing, ?? jobs as Home Depot plans 175 stores (1/19 WSJ, B4)

      weekend roll-up -
      5 issues/wk - wk's avg homepage hits/issue: 120
      doom of the week
      tm
      from the WSJ & the NYT:
      • 21 DOWNsizings, over 47,032 jobcuts   • 1 homelessness story 
      • 8 bankruptcies   • 5 eroding-retirement stories   • 1 prison story   • 1 work-linked suicide story

      vs.  hope of the weektm from the WSJ & the NYT:
      • 24 TIMEsizing items (600+ jobs saved)  • 1 UPsizing + • 14 makework items (1500+ prolonged 'jobs')

      {{ ytd: 64 timsizngs (600+ new or sav'd jobs) + 3 upsizngs (?? new jobs) + 23 makwrk (1503+ 'jobs') =
      total: 2103 = 3.7% of cuts VERSUS 40 downsizgs (56,814+ cuts) + 11 bankrupt ($??+) +2 homelessness +4 prison +1 suicid }}

    1/16/2004 friday’s index to top US papers
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  • 3 headlines from hell(tm) from the Wall St. Journal (J) &/or N.Y. Times (T): • loopholes develop in state spending limits - 'The limits don't serve any compelling purpose,' says FEC commissioner (J.A4)
    • Agriculture Dept. lets slaughterhouses choose which cattle to test for mad-cow disease (J.A1)
    • Fed doesn't bother tracking the variable that caused Great Depression, distribution of wealth (J.A1)
  • 1 takeover story = appetizer for DOWNsizing: • for 1st time, Japan firms face hostile takeovers (T.C5)
  • 4 DOWNsizings, totaling 3137 lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal (J) &/or New York Times (T):
    • 1% workforce cut (1500 jobs lost, T.C4) as Delhaize Group, Belgian retailer that's 5th-largest US supermarket operator, closes or sells 34 stores in its Kash n' Karry chain, instead of just trimming its workweek 1% (5 minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training&hiring and keeping everyone together working, earning, confident & spending at least 99% as much as before
    • 800 jobcuts (24%) by Weirton Steel, W.Va. (T.C4)     • 37 (10%) by WCI Steel, Ohio (T.C4)
    • 800 cuts by Samsung Electronics, S.Korea (T.W1)
  • 2 general DOWNsizing stories reported in Wall Street Journal &/or New York Times:
    • manufacturers optimistic, though not about job creation (T.C2)
    • Bush, in reversal, champions program to help manufacturers - where the jobs aren't (J.A2)
    • ahead of tape - all economic indicators appear harmonious, except for monthly jobs report (J.C1)
  • 3 bankruptcies reported in WSJ &/or NYT:  • WCI Steel, last Sept. (T.C4)  
    • Navigator Gas Transport, et al...Ch.11 (J.C13)     • ATX Communications (T.C9)
  • 2 eroding retirement stories: • WCI Steel to cut jobs & reduce 401k contributions (T.C4)
    • PBGC, US insurer of pensions, says its deficit has soared from 3.6 to $11.2B in 1 year (T.C1)
  • 1 prison item: • NY City detains low-level inmates at Rikers at cost of over $90,000/person/yr (T.A17)
  • 3 PUFFsizings = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified ‘jobs’:
    • Bush, in reversal, champions program to help manufacturers (J.A2) - $40m for 'Manufacturing Extension Partnership' he once targeted for elimination
    • question on Halliburton contract (T.A14) - chose pricey gas supplier for Iraq in just 1 day after mulling only 3 bids
    • injuries caused by accidents cost US economy $117B a year (J.A1), which goes right into the GDP vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • WSJ admits fall in number of hours worked in Dec. is 'potentially aberrant'
    • Swiss Employers Assoc. recommends job sharing
    • now Taiwan vies for booby prize for longest working hours
    • state rep in N.H. proposes benefits for part-timers (like Netherlands)

    1/15/2004 thursday’s headlines from helltm
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  • 1 omen: • self-employed blamed for tax gap - taxpayer 'advocate' proposes contractor withholding
  • 2 takeover stories = appetizers for DOWNsizing: • J.P. Morgan Chase to buy Bank One for $58B
    • big mergers like this have long history of failure & troubles
  • 1 DOWNsizing, totaling 1421 lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal &/or New York Times:
    • 1421 jobcuts as US Air closes Allegheny 'Agony' Airlines
  • 1 bankruptcy reported in WSJ &/or NYT:  • KB Toys files for Chap.11
  • 2 eroding retirement stories: • retirees face pinch - costs surging, many firms halt programs
    • United & Delta increase pressure on employees for concessions
  • work-linked suicide: • 21 US military suicides in Iraq last year (of course, whole quagmire is military suicide)
  • 2 PUFFsizings = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified ‘jobs’:
    • now Bush regime via FCC wants stronger obscenity curbs
    • French gov't orchestrated bailout of Alstom, Paris transport & power-engineering firm, last summer vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • UK's Asda offers job-sharing
    • WSJ doesn't want you to pass workaholism on to your children
    • UK consulting firms whine about EU's 48-hour workweek cap
    • US unions complain re new overtime law
    • down-under employers face demands to ease required work hours

    1/14/2004  wed’s headlines from helltm
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  • 3 warnings:
    • Boston Globe reader flags editorial linking overpopulation & war
    • Journal reader restores commonsense definition of conservative (law-abiding) relative to illegal aliens
    • second Globe reader holds up mirror to those screeching against criticism of Bush
  • 7 DOWNsizings, totaling 34,611 +?? lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal &/or New York Times:
    • 32,000 jobcuts by German military
    • 1300 cuts by Bake-Line Group
    • 1000 by Union Pacific RR
    • 217 by Rayovac
    • 94 by Franklin Electric
    • unspecified cuts by Hewlett-Packard and • SureBeam
  • 3 bankruptcies reported in WSJ &/or NYT:  • Ch.11 filed by TwinLab and • Factory 2-U
    • Ch.7 filed by Bake-Line
  • 5 PUFFsizings = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified ‘jobs’:
    • Bush now wants to boost deficit with 5% more to NASA for Mars, never mind healthcare on Earth
    • Bush wants $1.5B to promote (hetero) marriage in overpopulated world
    • Bush condescends to let Canada bid for makework in Iraq
    • "People's" Republic of China gives $41B to its wealthiest bankers
    • new Malaysian PM vows end to favoritism in gov't contracts - ri-i-ight vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • job sharing in Ireland
    • America's short-sighted work ethic mistakes absenteeism (taking sick day) for sloth &
      'presenteeism' (face time) for productivity
    • Melrose MA highschoolers in training for workaholism
    • Dollar General stores loses lawsuit to 90-hr/wk 'exempt' manager

    1/13/2004  tuesday’s headlines from helltm
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  • 2 general omens:
    • beginning of end of American Consumer Miracle - retail stocks waning, Asian exporters worrying
    • record numbers of corporate account restatements  
  • 4 DOWNsizings, totaling 594 +?? lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal or New York Times:
    • 258 jobcuts by Disney
    • 205 by InterMet
    • 131 by Graphic Packaging
    • unspecified cuts by SureBeam
  • 1 bankruptcy reported in WSJ &/or NYT:  • SureBeam in Chap. 7
  • 1 prison item: • inmates in Greenland roam free, to victims' chagrin
  • 1 PUFFsizing = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified 'jobs':
    • Pentagon extends Iraq tours for 1,500 vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • South Korea's into job-sharing for job creation
    • retirement tips from Montreal - such as easing in with reduced workweeks
    • now Wal-Mart has been overworking minors & working them during school hours
    • CEOs as job killers via offshoring & downsizing, not timesizing
    + random glimmers in Wall Street Journal (WSJ) or NY Times (NYT):
    • New Mexico is phasing out some sales taxes

    1/10-12/2004 sat-mon (re fri biz)
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  • general headlines from hell (tm)  • charities favor wealthiest nonprofits, so no real balancing occurs
    • liberals don't have as clear an agenda as conservatives, so lose out on talk radio
  • 5 DOWNsizings, totaling 2300 lost jobs cited in WSJ &/or NYT: • 975 jobcuts by WestPoint Stevens
    • 7% workforce cut (700 jobs lost) as Cargill meatpackers cripples its future to improve earnings, instead of just trimming its workweek 7% (15 minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training&hiring and keeping everyone together working, earning, confident & buying at least 93% as many paper products as usual    
    • 315 cuts by Smurfit-Stone   • 270 by Swift   • 40 by Tyson Foods
  • 1 bankruptcy reported in Wall Street Journal &/or New York Times: • Toscorp Inc. et al. vs.  hope du jourtm
    TIMEsizing = strategic hope - the only thing we haven't tried lately:
    • jobsharing at Ford plant in Oakville ONT has saved jobs
    • South Korea has not reduced workweek enough to reduce income gap
    • plus 4 stories on work/life balance in Britain

    weekend roll-up -
    5 issues/wk - wk's avg homepage hits/issue: 55
    doom of the week
    tm
    from the WSJ & the NYT:
    • 16 DOWNsizings, over 9110 jobcuts   • 1 homelessness story 
    • 2 bankruptcies   • 8 eroding-retirement story   • 1 prison story  

    vs.  hope of the weektm from the WSJ & the NYT:
    • 26 TIMEsizing items  • 2 UPsizings (?? new jobs)  + clouded hope: • 6 makework items (?? new 'jobs')

    {{ ytd: 40 timsizngs (?? new or sav'd jobs) + 2 upsizngs (?? new jobs) + 9 makwrk (3+ 'jobs') =
    total: 3 = 0.03% of cuts VERSUS 19 dnsz (9782+ cuts) + 3 bkrp ($??+) +2 homlss +3 prisn +0 kills }}

    1/09/2004  friday’s headlines from helltm
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  • 3 general omens: • consumer debt in Nov. grew at half Oct. pace but still huge
    • late shoppers give retailers boost but based on small luxury sector & deep discounts elsewhere  
    • one Enron prosecution is moving slowly but Bush is still shielding & blocking
  • 1 overview of takeovers: • apparel industry grows consolidated & cut-throat
  • 3 DOWNsizings, totaling 685 +?? lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal or New York Times:
    • est. 500 jobcuts by Toshiba
    • 15% workforce cut (185 jobs lost) as Instinet e-broker splits operations & cuts office space, instead of just trimming its workweek 15% (to five 6¾-hour days for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training&hiring and keeping everyone together working, earning, confident & investing at least 85% as much as before    
    • unspecified cuts by Matsushita Electric Industrial
  • 1 bankruptcy reported in WSJ &/or NYT:  • Piccadilly Cafeterias in Ch. 11
  • 3 eroding retirement stories: • study of Medicare HMOs found they aren't all that poor or efficient
    • some firms with many retirees could post big earnings thanks to acctg 'guidelines' for drug subsidies
    • federal pension agency protects retirement incomes of 44m Americans in 32,500 private defined-benefit pension plans = waaay over-extended
  • 1 item of 'disability news' -
    • disability rates are up 40-50% over past two decades, & obesity prime suspect after lack of jobs
  • 1 homelessness story: • 20,000 homeless people were put into permanent NYC shelters last year
  • 2 PUFFsizings = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified 'jobs':
    • no end to sex trade without global worksharing
    • US entangled in disputes in Iraq while Powell again admits no link to 9/11 vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • even in worksharing Germany, pension costs are being shifted to employees = all the more reason to rely on workweek, not worklife, fluctuation
    • Holcomb Tyson Fresh Meats' 10 US plants run on reduced 32-36 hour workweeks to avoid layoffs
    • Britain in general & • Scotland in particular spin sugarpill worktime 'regulation' as the real thing
    • The Economist mag spins EU's 48-hour workweek max as terrible burden for employers
    • shortened workweek (40 hrs) will be phased in at all work sites in S. Korea by 2011 - welcome to 1940 America, as US & UK go back to 44 hrs & above
    • spokesman in Dubai doesn't like that 40-hr workweek 'foist' upon insurance industry

    1/08/2004  thursday’s headlines from helltm
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  • 10 omens against the future: • mutual funds are replaying 1990s bubble
    • monopolies, like Microsoft, stifle innovation, as on browsers
    • quick to close its own borders vs. suspect beef, US in no position to ask others to lift bans vs. it
    • Bush plan for immigrant workers offers social-security benefits, including to some illegals
    • recent history of American poverty - starting up again
    • ban lifted on MCI bidding for US gov't contracts
    • Bush plans to ease 20-year-old rule prevents dumping of coal mining spoils in mountain streams
    • Bush reasserts right to declare its own citizens enemy combatants
    • eroding working-age skills are pulling CEOs & now NFL coaches out of retirement
    • scientists predict widespread extinction by global warming (possibly of us?)
  • 4 DOWNsizings, totaling 4500 +?? lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal or New York Times:
    • 4500 jobcuts by IRS
    • unspecified cuts by Boise Cascade  • Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea  • Monsanto
  • 3 eroding retirement stories: • study of Medicare HMOs found they aren't all that poor or efficient
    • some firms with many retirees could post big earnings thanks to acctg 'guidelines' for drug subsidies
    • federal pension agency protects retirement incomes of 44m Americans in 32,500 private defined-benefit pension plans = waaay over-extended
  • 1 PUFFsizing = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified 'jobs':
    • US withdrawal of weapon hunters from Iraq means war fiasco was pure makework vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • federal pension benefits chief quits to devote more time to his family
    • union official in Minn. nails conflict-of-interest in Labor Dept. memo on overtime
    • Deutsche Telekom proposes 10% hours & pay cut as it struggles back to profitable growth
    + random glimmers in Wall Street Journal (WSJ) or NY Times (NYT):
    • 1 UPsizing - unspecified new jobs as WalGreen plans new distribution center in S.C.
    • Bush's stumbling at least triggers discussion of immigration
    • op ed advises candidates to get religion out of politics

    1/07/2004  wed’s headlines from helltm
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  • 3 DOWNsizings, totaling 1314 +?? lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal or New York Times:
    • 1300 jobcuts by EarthLink
    • 14 by Baltimore Sun
    • unspecified cuts as Pentagon closes bases
  • eroding retirement: • Commerzbank to end pension contributions
  • 3 PUFFsizings = makework rampant creating or saving unspecified 'jobs':
    • Northrop, United & BAE to develop system to save commercial jets from shoulder-launched missiles
    • Bechtel unit nearly doubles its work in Iraq with additional for $1.82B
    • China announces new, $45B bailout of 2 big banks vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • Tyson continues reduced hours at beef plants to adjust to mad-cow scare in U.S.
    • young US doctors flood specialties that leave them some life of their own
    • Nottingham UK schools splits principalship between married couple
    • EU averages 39.3-hr workweek, UK 43.3...sleep deprivation
    • small NZ exporters reduce working hours to stay afloat as US dollar sinks
    + random glimmers in Wall Street Journal (WSJ) or NY Times (NYT):
    • 1 UPsizing - unspecified new jobs as Panama Canal needs spend billions to add or widen locks

    1/06/2004  tuesday’s headlines from helltm
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  • 1 general wake-up call: • Xmas 'boom'? - only for luxury goods, discount stores & heavily discounted autos - just like the Great Depression
  • 1 DOWNsizing, totaling 311 lost jobs reported in Wall Street Journal or New York Times:
    • 2% workforce cut (311 jobs lost) as Elder-Beerman follows takeover of Bon-Ton Stores with HQ overlap jobchop, instead of just trimming its workweek 2% (10 minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training&hiring and keeping everyone together working, earning, confident & shopping at least 98% as much as before    
    • and generally, NYT & WSJ debate free-trade's effect on jobs &   • practice of off-shoring jobs
  • eroding retirement: • Dems resume battle on Medicare bill
  • 1 prison item: • federal appeals court in California flipflops twice on forcing inmates to give
    blood sample for FBI's forensic database vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • motorist doesn't understand why gov't thinks letting truckers drive 11 hours straight instead of 10
      will improve safety - neither do we
    • women lawyers in Canada are pushing for shorter workweeks
    • WSJ goes over EU's opposition to UK's opt-out of EU's 48-hour workweek cap
    • EUPoliltix reports on EU unions' disappointment with EU's opt-out on ending UK's opt-out
    • employees at Ford's Land Rover unit in UK are using overtime ban & 37-hour workweek to
       pressure mgmt into giving them higher raise
    • Australian Labor Party wants to change casual workers to permanent part-time employees with
       benefits, as in Netherlands

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  • general headlines from hell (tm)  • US Senators & Congressmen have automated payraises for themselves every year without debate or publicity
  • 1 bank takeover = appetizers for DOWNsizing: • First Community Bankshares to buy PCB Bancorp
  • 1 DOWNsizing story reported in NYT &/or WSJ: • ?? cuts as BCE Emergis closes U.S. Health unit
  • 1 bankruptcy reported in WSJ &/or NYT:  • Black Sea & Baltic General Insurance
  • 1 prison item: • 75% of women inmates in Okla. could be safely released with savings of $20k each/year
  • 1 PUFFsizing = makework rampant: • Canada gov't is investigating complaint from wealthy Harrison McCain's food firm that US companies sell frozen pizzas with self-rising crust at illegally low prices vs.  hope du jourtm
    TIMEsizing = strategic hope - the only thing we haven't tried lately:
    timesizing gains an ally in removing a great obstacle - Bill Ford calls for national healthcare
    Brits have longest workhours in Europe - men work same hours as their fathers in 1940s & 50s
    1/3 of Brits aged 50-69 want to retire gradually by reducing working hours before full retirement

    weekend roll-up -
    5 issues/wk - wk's avg homepage hits/issue: 42
    doom of the week
    tm
    from the WSJ & the NYT:
    • 4 DOWNsizings, over 785 jobcuts   • 1 homelessness story 
    • 2 bankruptcies   • 1 eroding-retirement story   • 3 prison stories  

    vs.  hope of the weektm from the WSJ & the NYT:
    • 22 TIMEsizing items  + clouded hope: • 3 makework items (3+ new 'jobs')

    {{ ytd: 14 timsizngs (?? new or sav'd jobs) + 0 upsizngs (0 new jobs) + 3 makwrk (3+ 'jobs') =
    total: 3 = 0.4% of cuts VERSUS 3 dnsz (672+ cuts) + 1 bkrp ($??+) +1 homlss +2 prisn +0 kills }}

    1/02/2004  friday’s headlines from helltm
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  • 2 overviews of takeovers = appetizers for DOWNsizing:
    • mergers & acquisitions are moving again - & so will soon be downsizings
    • US firms sped up pace of takeovers in Europe - so expect also the reverse, & even less accountability
  • 3-in-1 homelessness story: • how can this be? - today? in America? - even though they're working? - even though many of them vote?
  • 1 prison item: • nationwide, nearly 2/3 of released inmates are re-arrested within 3 years & this has helped drive US prison population past 2m
  • 1 mega FAKEsizing = makework rampant: • many software firms are raising maintenance fees & trying to force clients into frequent upgrades = private-sector makework vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • British paper advises, skip post-holiday depression by making sure you take your breaks
       & leave the office on time   • plus 7 other stories

    1/01/2004  thurs’ headlines from helltm
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  • 2 DOWNsizing stories, totaling 672 lost jobs reported in NYT (no WSJ today):
    • 552 jobcuts as US Airways shifts from timesizing to downsizing
    • 120 cuts as Rayovac closes last 65 Remington razor service stores
  • 1 FAKEsizing = makework rampant, involving 3 "jobs":
    • investigation of Conn. Gov. Rowland widens to include 3 patronage jobs he got for partners' kids vs.  glimmers of hope = headlines from heaven
    TIMEsizing consciousness on the newswires: = strategic hope ignored since Pearl Harbor -
    • US Airways delayed 552 layoffs for over a year by offering longtime employees unpaid leave
       till this Jan.15 to preserve junior employees' jobs
    • insurance industry in United Arab Emirates cuts from 6(?) to 5-day week, takes Thu-Fri as its
       new 2-day weekend
    • South Korea readies for cut from 44- to 40-hour, 5½- to 5-day workweek this year,
       big firms starting in July
    • Chirac is still shadowboxing with 'competitiveness' instead of implementing full-scale
       workweek adjustment vs. 9.6% unemployment (1 hour cut = 1% drop 1997-2001)

    2003 year-end roll-up - (fiscal- & half-year end)
    - our fifth year of news tracking, third year of timesizing news tracking -
    ytd = jan-dec/2003 based on NYT & WSJ
    and for timesizing, AOLNews (jan-sep) & GoogleNews (oct-dec)

    845 timesizing stories (20595+ new/saved jobs) + 105 upsizings (82545+ new jobs)
    + 154 makework episodes (269543 new "jobs"), total 372683 = only 28% of jobcuts
    vs. 693 downsizings (1322987+ cuts) +317 bankruptcies ($23.2B+) +34 homelessness stories +97 prison stories +52 fatalities

    compare last year, 2002, based on NYT & BG (first 6-mons) and NYT & WSJ (last 6-mons), and AOLNews for timesizing:
    523 timesizing stories (83230+ new/saved jobs) + 141 upsizings (101658+ new jobs)
    + 29 makework episodes (219400 new"jobs"), total 404288 = only 38% of 1076326 jobcuts
    vs. 804 downsizings (1076326+) +221 bankruptcies ($103.9B+) +69 homelessness stories +81 prison stories +47 fatalities

    compare 2001, based on NYT & Boston Globe, and AOLNews for timesizing:
    404 timesizings/sharework +164 upsizings (194,907+ new jobs = 10% of jobcuts) + 59 untakovrs (over $138B)
    + 8 makework episodes (100,000+ new "jobs"), total 294,907 = 15% of jobcuts
    vs. 1418 downsizings/cutwork (1,921,040 jobcuts +??) + 196 bankruptcies
    + 1,463 takeovers (total $1 trillion +??)

    compare 2000, based on NYT & Boston Globe

    compare 1999, based on based on Boston Globe alone (first 6-mons) and BG & NYT (last 6-mons)


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