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April, 2011

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    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Help for the jobless. Waterloo Record via therecord.com
    WATERLOO, Ont., Canada - ..One solution that might reduce unemployment in Canada would be a reduction of the mandatory work week to 30 hours from current norm of about 40 hours. If, for example, any task requires input of 1,200 man hours then at 40 hours per week we may require 30 people to accomplish the task. If we work 30 hours per week, then 40 people are required to complete the same task. A four-day work week of, say, Monday to Thursday, working 7.5 hours per day, would leave three days which could be used for spending time with family
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Fate of police, firefighters, libraries up to south Oakland [County] voters, Royal Oak Daily Tribune via dailytribune.com
    ..HAZEL PARK, Calif. - ..City Hall and other departments outside of police and fire have reduced their hours to four days a week to save money, Klobucher said...
    MADISON HEIGHTS, Calif. - ..The library millage would generate about $898,000 annually and be used to avoid cutting two of its three full-time employees and reducing hours by 36% to 32 hours a week...
    CLAWSON, Calif. - .. If the millage fails, the library will face more cuts like City Hall, where employees will go to four 9-hour days a week on Mondays through Thursdays starting July 8. Library hours could be reduced or the facility could be closed in the summer months
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Howard Stern Begins Shorter Work Week at Sirius XM Radio, Arts & Entertainment Playground via artsandentertainmentplayground.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Yesterday the self-proclaimed king of all media, Howard Stern affirmed that he’ll start cutting back to 3-4 days a week appearances on Sirius XM Radio. His reduced hours should begin next week, said Radio-Info.com... - see whole article under today's date.
    [OK all you troglodytes that listen to the edifying comments of Howard Stern - if shorter hours is all right with him, it should be all right with you. Cut your hours, create jobs for others, and SAVE the economy! = Timesizing, not downsizing.]
  2. Menomonie road project could force homeowners to dig deep, WQOW TV News 18 via wqow.com
    EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. -.."In 2009, I took a 20% pay cut where I work, I was reduced to 32 hours a week for 10 months out of the year," says Jeff Luther, lives along Cedar Falls. "In 2010, my wife was unemployed for seven months and we have tapped out all our savings to stay in our house."... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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) -
  • TD Bank prepares for Mass. growth, BG, B11.
    [Phil Hyde's hometown bank is taking over New England. The Toronto Dominion Bank already has offices in Montpelier and Burlington and Albany - they OWN the Boston Garden - and all because Liberal Paul Martin kept Canadian banks strong through regulation while Democrat Bill Clinton was repealing the Glass-Steagall Banking Act and setting us/US up for total conflict of interest and corruption.]



    Thurs., April 28, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -

    looting- and layoff-triggering MERGERS in the news (archives) -
    Mergers&acquisitions (M&As) provide a last resort for incompetent CEOs & a highway to monopoly - Management's
    economy-shrinking merger skills need replacement by economy-growing workspreading skills -
    Buy instead of build market share? - See 'overlap' & lay off more of your customers' customers? = a suicidal joke - Real CEOs don't do 'M&As' -

  • J&J buying Synthes for $21.3B, Boston Globe, B8.


    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -
  • Nokia cutting 7,000 positions, Boston Globe, B8.

    MAKEWORK: too little, too late, too wasteful, too artificial, too arbitrary, too eco-stressing, in the news (archives) - all unnecessary with full employment via temporary worksharing & permanent timesizing -
  • AmeriCorps Volunteers Help Idaho Falls Build A New Neighborhood for Low Income Families, KPVI-TV via kpvi.com
    .."They are low income individuals and they have to put in 30 hours a week in building their home until it's done and that's really their sweat equity," said Executive Director of Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership Russ Spain...
    [Here we are, right back in the Great Depression when the CCC and the WPA had people putting in a 30-hour workweek...of makework. So much for the Lump of Labor sneerers and their claim that the amount of work to be done is infinite. Not even government makework either in the Great Depression or right now could come up with more than 30 hours a week of this mythical "infinite" work. Oops, "tell a lie"! - here's a situation that managed to come up with 35 hours of makework, whoopeedoo! -]
  • Summer Camp Guide, East Orlando Sun via eosun.com
    Workforce Central Florida is offering the Summer Job Connection program for 16-21 year olds, who will work 35 hours a week at $8.25 per hour for six to 12 hours. Visit www.WorkforceCentralFlorida.com/SummerWork or call 407-531-1214.
    [- and yet we attack France as radical, lazy and uncompetitive for a nationwide 35-hour workweek? Not even our private-sector McDonald's can still come up with 40 -]
  • One in every 188 Floridians applied for a McDonald's job, Tampa Bay Online via Tbo.com
    ..Beginning workers average about $8.30 an hour, which translates to about $15000 a year working 35 hours a week...
    [And before you start yapping about our need to sacrifice our economy to the gods of Free Trade and compete with China, check out our suicide story below...]

    JOB- OR JOBLOSS-RELATED SUICIDE in the news (archives) -
  • Chinese threatens suicide over long working hours, Shanghai Daily via Indo-Asian News Service via Mangalorean.com
    SHANGHAI, China - Fed up with inordinately long working hours, a man climbed on to the roof of a six-storeyed building here and threatened to jump off it. He was eventually coaxed to come down. Sun [pronounced /soon/] went to the roof of a building in Puyuan Technology Park and he was spotted by a worker, who clicked photographs and posted them online, Shanghai Daily reported Thursday. He threw down leaflets that said he had been working in the city for 18 days as a security guard for an online game company. He said he worked for over 12 hours a day but hadn't received a day off from his employer. Sun then decided to draw attention to the heavy workload and low wages of security guards. The police negotiated with him for nearly two hours to coax him to come down.
    [Americans and Canadians - this is YOUR future unless you wise up about all the intimidating voodoo around the "New REALITY" and "Unavoidable Necessity" of free trade and globalization - remember how Marx said socialism was inevitable? Nothing is inevitable. Globalization and free trade are human constructs like everything else that's most threatening to us this century, and they're falling apart anyway cuz:  More Globalization, Less Control.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • The dollar's race to the bottom, Wall Street Journal, C1 pointer to C12.
    [...along with the kamekazi USA in general.]
  • Walmart's CEO..said customers are finding it hard to spend, WSJ, A1 pointer to B2.
    [Typical richguy cluelessness. Customers are finding it EASY to spend. What's hard is finding the MONEY to spend with unlimited megachunks of the money supply "iced" in a teensy insulated subpopulation.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Racine County Assistant District Attorneys Start New Schedule May 8.., Caledonia Patch via Patch.com
    CALEDONIA, Wisc. - Should the state cut the hours of assistant district attorneys to balance the budget? Racine County assistant district attorneys will work 32-hour work weeks starting May 8... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Local Toyota implements 3-day work week, Manila Bulletin via mb.com.ph
    MANILA, Philippines – Toyota Motor Philippines is implementing a 3-day work-week or 50% reduction in production for about 2 months starting next week, but said there will be no layoff of workers as the company will just have to implement some work adjustment schedules... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Wed., April 27, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • The Obama administration plans to shut 37 of the 2,094 federal data centers [with unspecified jobcuts],
    Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to A4.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Biggest US airlines' combined loss: $1B, AP via Boston Globe, B9.
    ..about $100m [10%] larger than a year ago, even though jet fuel spending jumped 28%... They have raised fares seven times since the start of the year...
  • Amazon's earnings fell 33% despite a 38% revenue gain as the company spent furiously to build more warehouses and expand its technology offerings.., WSJ, A1 pointer to B1,
  • Office glut - Even the federal government having trouble unloading properties,
    NY Times, B1 pointer to B7.
  • A closely watched gauge of home prices fell in Feb. for the 8th month in a row [to near recession low] as the real-estate market continued to sink, WSJ, A1 pointer to A5.
    [Hey, wait a minute. isn't this good news for low-income housing and the homeless?]
  • Atheists seek chaplain role in [US] military, NYT, A1.
    [Ah, isn't the whole point of atheism to kinda MOVE ON?! - as in mental health or job counselling...]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. North Daviess cuts out jobs, hires new staff, GallatinNorthMissourian.com
    NORTH DAVIESS, Mo. - The North Daviess R-3 Board of Education eliminated some positions and cut hours on others during their meeting held April 18... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Harper announces support for small business, johncarmichael.ca [political party press release]
    [HOUSTON via CALGARY, U.S. in Canada - ] ..Extended the Work-Sharing Program to 78 weeks so many small businesses can avoid having to lay off their workers during the global recession...
    [Sounds good, but the word on the street is that Harper has this program trammelled with red tape and delays, so it's more parading-horse than reality.]
    Extending the Work-Sharing Program for an additional 16 weeks so small businesses can keep their employees as the economy recovers... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The Bush-Cheney regime is alive and kicking in Canada. And they've proven that they will promise the world - do or say anything for power - Canada be damned, just like Mulroney with his Free Trade dogma and destruction of map-horizontal transCanada trade and rail priorities in favor of a sellout to the US and map-vertical trade with states. There goes North American diversity.]
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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) -
  • France and Italy called on the E.U. to overhaul its border policy to stem the flow of North African immigrants, WSJ, A1 pointer to A4.
    [Basically, every country today needs to rapidly move to steadystate population policies, and that means, in livelihood, migration and birth respectively: one livelihood created/insourced, one livelihood obsoleted/outsourced; one emigrant, one immigrant; one death, one birth.]
  • Voters attack Republicans on Medicare, NYT, A1.
    [At last dumbdumb Americans are starting to see through these monsters.]



    Tues., April 26, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -

    looting- and layoff-triggering MERGERS in the news (archives) -
    Mergers&acquisitions (M&As) provide a last resort for incompetent CEOs & a highway to monopoly - Management's
    economy-shrinking merger skills need replacement by economy-growing workspreading skills -
    Buy instead of build market share? - See 'overlap' & lay off more of your customers' customers? = a suicidal joke - Real CEOs don't do 'M&As' -

  • Toronto: Barrick Gold a-greed to acquire copper producer Equinox Minerals for $7.65 billion [all cash - borrowed].., Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to B1.
    ..topping a bid by China's Minmetals and firing the latest salvo in a three-continent battle fo mineral assets.

    vanishing RETIREMENT in the news (archives) - no problem with short-time full employment via timesizing -
  • Public pensions, once off-limits, face budget cuts - Costs challenge cities [too chicken to tax their wealthy] - Government employees say move is unfair or even illegal, NYT, A1.
    [But what do today's U.S. plutocrats care about legality for anyone but themselves? Sanctity of contract means nothing except when it's in their short-sighted favor. We have ringside seats for the spectacle of U.S. superrich shooting themselves in the foot, and up the leg to where they blow away their heritage, and up the trunk to perforate what's euphemistically referred to as their "heart," and up the neck to what's flatteringly termed their brain.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Financiers switch to GOP - Hedge-fund Titans who backed Democrats open their wallets for Republicans, WSJ, A1.
    [Oh yeah! Let's have another dose of accelerated "Suicide, Everyone Else First"!]
  • A housing rebound? More like ricochet - New home sales tick up; still worst March ever,
    Boston Globe, B7.
  • College teams relying on deception, undermine gender equity, by Cooper & Walsh, NYT, A1.
    [The corruption spreads from US banking to US academe -]
    ..Many institutions have resorted to subterfuge to make it look as if they are offering more spots to women [so they can satisfy] Title IX, passed in 1972 [which] banned sex discrimination in any federally financed education program..\..
    [So it's "sucker the taxpayer" AGAIN? - but what tiny second-rate universities are doing this? -]
    ..At Cornell, only when the 34 fencers on the women's team take off their protective masks at practice does it become clear that 15 of them are men...
    [And how many billion$$ in Cornell's endowment?]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Part-time plan will save jobs, Sheffield Star via TheStar.co.uk
    SHEFFIELD, U.K. -..Roger Pearson, managing director of Rotherham-based pelleting press manufacturer Sizer, added: “At Sizer and at Newburgh Engineering we already have a ‘short working’ clause in our terms and conditions for such down turns and find it highly beneficial, but for it to become mandatory across the board would benefit companies, the region, the Government, individuals and families to survive a recession with fewer job losses.” - see whole article under today's date.
    [Maybe these British businessmen can get their mind-behind London MPs to wake up and catch up to *Wales, if not *Germany.]
  2. American Samoa workers face cut hours until July, Radio New Zealand International via rnzi.com
    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Government workers in American Samoa who have had their working hours reduced will have to wait until July before the government’s financial shortfall is addressed. The Governor Togiola Tulafono has apologised to the employees, whose hours have been reduced, saying they will have to wait until the Legislature convenes in July to see if the Senate will change their mind on spending measures... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Sun.-Mon., April 24-25, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • Support for jobless comes in many forms, by Elaine Varelas, 4/24 BG, G2.
    Q. An older family member has been laid off four times in the last two years. He is over 50 and has just lost interest in working. I've told himthat he can't afford to just give up...but he's just lost his ambition...
    A. Layoffs are now a fact of business life...
    [And as long as layoffs (DOWNsizing) continue to be a fact of business life, "recovery" is nothing but spin, cuz real recovery would require real growth (UPsizing). Solution? TIMEsizing = full employment and markets by resuming our 1840-1940 shortening of the workweek, however much takes - wages would actually RISE once we absorb all the desperate jobseekers who are constantly underbidding one another.]
    ...and extended job search stories are daily news...
    [and then there's the neighboring story -]
    Try to keep job, job hunt separate, 4/24 BG, G2.
    [No prob if you don't have a job in the first place. And three pages further -]
    Luddites of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but all that, that...junk, by Michelle Singletary singletarym@washpost.com, Washington Post via BG, G5.
    [AND of course that, that...JOB - assuming that losing it wasn't what made you a luddite (meaning "technology hater") in the first place.]

    SINECURE or MAKEWORK: too wasteful, too arbitrary, too demoralizing, too eco-stressing, in the news (archives) - all unnecessary with full employment via temporary worksharing & permanent timesizing -
  • State payouts sealed with a promise of silence - Despite questions about free speech and..coverups, agencies often build gag orders into settlements, severance deals, by Todd Wallack, 4/24 Boston Globe, A1.
    A UMass. MedSchool nursing assistant won a $150,000 settlement after she complained she was harassed by a supervisor.
    A state highway worker won $170,000 after he was taunted by coworkers and bosses who thought he was gay.
    And three MBTA workers received a total of more than $100,000 in "enhanced severance" after being let go.
    All the deals came with an important catch: The former employees had to keep silent about the payments or face legal action... far from unusual [in] Massachusetts... While confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses are commonly used by private companies, they are much more controversial in the public sector...
    [Are Americans going soft? Is money the cure for everything? Did the actual bullies ever get "reprogrammed"? When you get your time arrangements wrong, you get everything wrong because time counts everything, especially time on the job. But with the millions more job and on-the-job training options provided by the Timesizing Program's Phase 2 and Phase 3, we can drop this taxpayer-whacking compensation-not-correction approach and Switch Not Fight (or Blackmail?)]

    PRISONS & CRIME in the news (archives) -
  • As acts of war or despair, suicides rattle a prison [Guantanamo Bay], by Charlie Savage, 4/25 NYT, A13.
    ..In June 2006 \the U.S.\ military announced that Mr. [Ali Abdullah] Ahmed, a Yemeni, and two other prisoners had simultaneously hanged themselves... Since then, two other detainees have succeeded in killing themselves - one in 2007, and another in 2009...
    [And they are the lucky ones as the toxic legacy of the Bush regime goes on and on, and the once-great USA violates all its own founding principles of justice and fair trial, as if these poor foreigners are anywhere close to the huge active threat posed by the greed-blinded gangsters running the U.S. military/financial system and pushing "wars of choice" regardless of government/taxpayer debt of over $13,000,000,000,000.]
    The files for about two dozen detainees refer to suicide attempts or threats...

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Vital [or morbid] signs - Economists have sharply cut projections for first-quarter growth, 4/25 WSJ, A1.
    In January...estimated that GDP would grow..3.2% annual... Now..1.8%... Among the culprits...rising energy costs, severe weather and a wider trade deficit.
    [And still unmentioned, the deepening drag of "the Great Leak Upward" = hyperconcentration of the money supply alias unlimited concentration and decirculation of the nation's income and wealth in an unlimitedly small population in the topmost bracket$.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Charles Lawton: A clue to jobs creation: High wage ratio, 4/24 PressHerald.com
    PORTLAND, Maine -..One survival strategy that many companies pursued that helped keep the recession from being even worse was to cut hours rather than jobs and give those workers who weren't let go more responsibilities. As the economic recovery becomes stronger (at least we hope it does), these same tactics help prevent the job creation that might otherwise happen... - see whole article under today's date.
    [...unless they are reversed.]
  2. Left begins to realize their welfare state is unsustainable, 4/25 WashingtonExaminer.com (blog)
    [And never mind "Right begins to realize their jobless recovery is unsustainable"...]
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..Manuel Valls, a presidential hopeful in France's Socialist Party, challenged party doctrine recently by declaring that it should not make an issue of preserving the 35-hour workweek if French factories have to compete ... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Officials challenge proposed cutbacks, 4/25 Wilmington News Journal, OH via wnewsj.com
    WILMINGTON, Oh. - ..The two men presented ideas in late December on how to make cuts to expenditures, including a reduction of hours for all non-union city workers from 40 to 35 hours a week, a move they said would save $471,500... The idea of reducing the work week for all non-union employees “is not legal without extreme measures,” said Raizk... But Mead on Monday night said this about the 35-hour week proposal: “We understand that that is a voluntary thing. We talked to other cities. If people agree to do it, I can’t understand why it would be illegal”... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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) -
  • City sends 'tax' bills to major nonprofits - Aims to triple voluntary payments within 5 years, 4/24 BG, A1.
    [With no cap on "non-profit" salaries, the "Great Leak Upward" is as evident in the non-profit as the profit sector. The non-profit category is an anachronism. It's time to drop it. It started with religion but religion has become a hobby, like sex and politics. Time to simplify and move on.]





    Saturday, April 23, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -

  • Camouflaging price creep - Retailers use velvet glove and stealth, in raising prices on the shelves,
    NYT, B1.
  • Bad times linger in home building as economy rises [ie: blows another investment bubble] - Sales off 80% from '05 - Buyers seeking smaller places and turning to foreclosures, NYT, A1.
  • Haiti: U.S. asks for explanation, AP via NYT, A6.
    American diplomats are asking election officials to explain how they awarded 18 seats..to legislators who were not the top vote-getters in preliminary results \-\ in all except two cases...benefit[ing] the governing party...
    [Not that the chad-rich papertrail-poor U.S. is in any position to teach anyone anything about democracy any more.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Tourism leaders wary about immigration bill, Savannah Morning News via savannahnow.com
    ATLANTA, Ga. - ..Employees who work at least 35 hours a week must have their citizenship checked..\.. Robinson said illegal immigration costs state taxpayers $2.4 billion a year for education, health care and criminal justice... “Federal government lives in La La Land where they can print money to their heart’s content... Georgia has to raise money or cut spending. We live in the real world and have to make real decisions”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Note the common U.S. assumption that a 35-hour workweek is standard full-time. This is something that the host of mainstream economists painting France's 35-hour workweek as radical need to wake up to.]
  2. Expanding property firm hires 14 new staff members, nebusiness.co.uk
    HEXHAM, U.K. -..The roofers have been employed on innovative annualised contracts so they can work longer hours in the summer months, when the weather and daylight hours are better for working at heights, and shorter hours in the winter... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Gee, just like everybody before gas lighting came in in the 1840s.]
  3. New judicial center irks some county workers - $50 million building, past furloughs unrelated, commissioners say, Pueblo Chieftain via chieftain.com
    PUEBLO, Colo. - News that Pueblo County commissioners intend to start building a $50 million judicial building this year stung some of the county employees who were required to take a day of unpaid leave every month last year to cut county spending... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Friday, April 22, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -



    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • Struggling Nokia [Oyj] plans deep cuts - Cellphone maker to trim $1.44B, by Kevin O'Brien, Boston Globe, page B7.
    ..nearly 20% over 3 years, a move that will be likely to eliminate thousands of jobs as it enters an alliance with Microsoft...
    [..thus guaranteeing that Nokia will be struggling even harder as the ripples from those jobcuts spread across the "pond."]

    MAKEWORK: too little, too late, too artificial, too arbitrary, too eco-stressing, in the news (archives) - all unnecessary with full employment via temporary worksharing & permanent timesizing -
  • Poll finds money crunch for students, Boston Globe, A2.
    [Oh nooo, they might have to try to enter the job market early, deepening the labor surplus and driving wages and markets down farther and faster!]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Poll finds big jump in pessimism on economy,
    Boston Globe, A4.
  • Union-curbs advance in New Hampshire, BG, B1.
    [Curb your unions and you curb your consumer base and your growth and your future. They don't call it the consumer "base" for nothing, but today's CEOs seem incapable of connecting the dots between their employees and their customers' customers in the consumer base. All other markets rest on the consumer base - c2c, b2c-c2b, b2b, f2b-b2f, f2c-c2f, f2f (where c=consumer. b=business and f=financial) - and the consumer base rests on the employment basement. which tends, albeit imperfectly, to be the special focus of unions.]
  • 1 in 4 report bullying at Mass. schools - Federal study sees link with family violence, BG, A1.
    [And expect more of both as the has-been USA races further toward the bottom with a host of really stupid economic ideas and a minimum of state-level-only work sharing.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Court Redefines Standard For Employers To Designate A "Workweek" For Overtime Purposes And Broadly Interprets "Hours Worked" For On-Call Employees, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP via JDSupra.com (press release)
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In a recent decision having broad implications for employers, the First Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal in Seymore v. Metson Marine, Inc., reversed summary judgment for the employer after finding that the employer's designation of the workweek denied employees their right to overtime compensation under the Labor Code... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Jefferson County: Pass a new occupational tax, letters via The Birmingham News via al.com
    GARDENDALE, Ala. -..I don't know what that so-called judge was thinking by hiring him for $500 an hour when the county is going broke and having to put employees on 32 hours a week... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Thursday, April 21, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -



    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • Job cuts planned at ex-Genzyme unit, by Robert Weisman, Boston Globe, page B8.
    ..Genzyme Corp. divested Genzyme Genetics \a\ genetics testing business..before being acquired by French drug maker Sanofi-Aventis SA earlier this year..\.. The new owner [for $925m]..Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings of Burlington, N.C.\.plans to eliminate 169 jobs..this year and next year [and] shift work from..Westborough to a..billing group in N.C... About 53 jobs [from its] reimbursement team will be cut July 29 while another 93..will be shed Feb.29, 2012. On the infotech team, 12 jobs will be cut May 20 and another 11 on Sept.16...
    [You've heard of "team building"? That's just rhetoric for today's "suicide, you first" CEOs. They're much better at the opposite, team demolition. They offer a free softdrink = "Jonestown koolaid." They have this strange idea that they're going to get Growth, which would be UPsizing, out of DOWNsizing. There's other kinds of CEO suicide too -]
    Tracking found in iPhones, by Nick Bilton, NY Times, B1.
    Apple faced questions on Wed. about the security of its iPhone and iPad after a report that the devices regularly record their locations in a hidden file...
    [...dumb-a dumb dumb.]
  • Recession-wary Greece feels pinch at Easter - Usually busy retail season weakened by [austerity] cutbacks enacted after [$160B] '10 bailout, by Elena Becatoros, AP via BG, B8.
    ATHENS, Greece - .. In a country where the vast majority of businesses are small- and medium-sized ones employing fewer than 50 people, enterprises have been closing at an alarming rate. Last year saw 65,000..shutter..\.. This year has been one of gloom, with rows of shuttered shops and "for rent" signs...

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Prices surge [rose above $1500/oz. on Wed. for first time] as investors rush to safety of gold [the crisis metal], New York Times, B1.
  • How not to plan for the future - Congress and the White House agree to eliminate high-speed rail money in budget deal, editorial, NYT, A20.
    [America plunges behind.]
  • Around the region [Massachusetts] - Poll shows economic worries abound, by Megan Woolhouse, Boston Globe, B8.
    ..The survey of 1,207 Mass. residents was conducted in Feb. and March..\.. Nearly 2 out of 3 people surveyed said they were "very concerned" about employment, while nearly 1 in 3 (31%), worried that someone in their household might lose a job in the next 3 months... About 60%..were "very concerned" about the cost of health care, and more than half said they were "very concerned" about their ability to pay for higher education...
  • [Good news, Massachusetts-style -]
    Mass. foreclosures see steep [60%] drop over last year [to 1,048 in March], Boston Globe, B7.
    [1-2-3 organized cheer.]
  • A village with the numbers, not the image, of the poorest place, by Sam Roberts, NYT, A1.
    KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. - The poorest place in the U.S. is not a dusty Texas border town, a hollow in Appalachia, a remote Indian reservation or a blighted neighborhood. It has no slums or homeless people. No one who lives there is shabbily or has to go hungry. Crime is virtually nonexistent.
    And yet, officially at least, none of the nation's 3,700 villages, towns or cities with more than 10,000 people has a higher proportion of its population living in poverty than Kiryas Joel, a community of mostly garden apartments and townhouses 50 miles northwest of NYC in suburban Orange County.
    About 70% of the village's 21,000 residents live in households whose income falls below the federal poverty threshold, according to the Census Bureau. Median family income ($17,929) and per capita income ($4,494) rank lower than any other comparable place in the country. Nearly half of the village's households reported less than $15,000 in annual income.
    [Any barter or book-cooking?]
    About half of the residents receive food stamps, and one-third receive Medicaid benefits and rely on federal vouchers to help pay their housing costs.
    [Isn't it time we made it easier for people to support themselves so taxpayers won't have to, with forced charity?]
    Kiryas Joel's unlikely ranking results largely from religious and cultural factors. Ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews predominate in the village;
    [- giving us a new category: the parasitic cult. So Islam isn't the only religion with a genius for stirring hostility. Doesn't American Judaism have a benevolent society that could take care of this?]
    many of them moved there from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, beginning in the 1970s to accommodate a population that was growing geometrically.
    [This is not ecologically sustainable, and as Lao Tzu says, "Nature is not benevolent." This is Easter Island in New York State.]
    Women marry young, remain in the village to raise their families and, according to religious strictures, do not use birth control. As a result, the median age (under 12) is the lowest in the country and the household size (nearly six) is the highest. Mothers rarely work outside the home while their children are young. Most residents, raised as Yiddish speakers, do not speak English. ...Said Gedalye Szegedin, the village administrator..."I don't want to be judgmental... I wouldn't call it a poor community... I would call it a community with a lot of income-related challenges."
    [We would call it a train wreck waiting to happen.]
    Because the community typically votes as a bloc, it wields disproportionate political influence... A luxurious 60-bed postnatal maternal care center was built with $10m in state and federal grants...
    [Any morality today that isn't coming from ecology will necessarily align over time, gradually or suddenly, gently or not so gently.]
  • Latinos and Democrats press Obama to curb deportations [of illegal entrants], NYT, A17.
    [The left sure knows how to send ecologists flying into the arms of the right. As America's labor surplus and officially denied recession and national debt all deepen, immigration policy is one area that cries out for much tighter and more serious controls. No one country or continent can save the world by moving it all in. I speak, as a legal immigrant (strictly speaking, illegals aren't actually "immigrants," which is a legal status) and I speak for millions of name-calling-silenced legal immigrants who view the bleeding-heart, name-calling ("racism!") approach to immigration policy as discussion-blocking, imposing (on others' resources), short-sighted, narrowly self-interested, arrogant, unfair in argumentation (overly rhetorical and melodramatic), labor-surplus-deepening and thereby wage-depressing and destructive of living standards and our national future, prejudicial against existing legal minorities whose wages have been most severely impacted by unthinking and vote-greedy Democrats' repeated immigration-quota doublings and amnesties, anachronistic (with a $13T national debt, no highspeed rail, vast foreclosures, America is certainly no longer "the richest country in the world") and... blatantly ecologically unsustainable. Maybe we could forward illegals to the E.U. -]
  • 98 held in human smuggling sweep, 4/20 BG, A3.
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (both words eerily evocative in this context) -..Once migrants enter the European Union, passport-free travel within most of the 27-nation bloc made it difficult to detect them...
    [More and more and MORE of us, less and less and LESS of other species -]
  • Wildlife at risk face long line at U.S. agency, by Todd Woody, NYT, A1.
    ..The Pacific walrus [is] at risk of extinction [but it's] on a very long waiting list [at] the federal Fish and Wildlife Service \of\ other animals faced [with] greater peril...
    [But then there's humanity's ever-present emergency "solution" = cannibalism. And never mind walruses (walri?), how about our food fish -]
  • How healthy are our fisheries? letters to the editor, NYT, A20.
    [DON'T ASK! Nooo, we don't want to knooow!...]
    By Enric Sala, ocean fellow at the National Geographic Society:
    ..We reached "peak fish" in the late 1980s despite continuous expansion of fishing grounds, and fishermen losing their jobs because of the over-exploitation of stocks...
    [Nevertheless -]
    A good law that's working, editorial, NYT, A20.
    After years of overfishing, many fish populations have begun to recover.
    [Define "recover." As Enric Sala says, "A patient in criticial condition can also be stable."]
    On Monday, Commerce Secy. Gary Locke announced that New England's fishermen will be allowed to increase their catch of 11 commercially important fish stocks in Atlantic waters this summer. ...That announcement can be traced..to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, a 35-year-old law that imposes ambitious timetables for rebuilding depleted fish stocks and gives scientists a say in setting limits...
    [We have ringside seats to watch the United States of America committing slow but ever-accelerating suicide, in sooo many ways. Here's a more direct one -]
  • Vital [or morbid] signs - U.S. gasoline stockpiles are falling..to 208.1m barrels in the week ended Fri., Wall Street Journal, A1 graph caption.
    ..from 209.7m a week earlier and 241.1m in early Feb...
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Recruiting Physicians Takes Twice as Long as a Decade Ago, Becker's Hospital Review via beckershospitalreview.com
    IRVING, Tex. - ..Compounding the shortage is young physicians' growing desire to work shorter hours. This means more physicians are needed to do the same work... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Well, that's good. In case the American Medical Assoc. hasn't noticed, there's a lot of unemployment out there and it severely impacts health. So, aah, radical suggestion. OPEN UP ACCESS to medical skills. And if the AMA won't do it, BREAK the AMA and the power of the stifling control-freak clique of old-guard self-martyring, self-overpaying masochists who run it. Hopefully a new generation of more human physicians, with plenty of women who want a life outside the hospitals and examining rooms, will take over as life seeps from the claws of these old buzzards. I say this as an old buzzard moi-meme but one who has to maintain an inner age of eight just to keep getting the BGOs (blinding glimpses of the obvious).]
    Some young physicians are asking for flex schedules, under which they can work half the normal time, Mr. Singleton says. Moreover, almost half of U.S. medical school graduates are women, who, on average, work 0.67 of the time of their male counterparts, he says...
  2. Manitoba introduces flextime legislation, Canadian HR Reporter via hrreporter.com
    WINNIPEG, Man. -..Until now, an averaging permit allowed employers to increase the daily hours in a 40-hour workweek or average the hours across a longer period. Employers that asked or allowed employees to work longer than the hours allowed in the permit had to pay 1.5 times their regular hourly wage for each hour of overtime... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So what's wrong with that?! Place this deregulation story under "Getting worse before it gets better," At least they're talking about workweek manipulation, which most Americans still can't compute.]
  3. Minimum wage could be raised at least 3%: Wang, TaipeiTimes.com
    TAIPEI, Taiwan - ..Currently, employees in jobs to which the Labor Standards Act applies work 84 hours every two weeks, with extra hours worked calculated as overtime. However, when lawmakers asked Wang about whether the country would work toward a 40-hour working week, she said: “The council supports shorter working hours.” However, Wang declined to comment on when a 40-hour working week might be implemented, saying only that the bigger focus right now was on better salaries for workers. - see whole article under today's date.
    [Historically around the world, it has always been a lethal mistake to focus on higher pay rather than shorter hours - and a very effective and misleading way for management to break the power of unions, increase labor surplus and weaken their own marketable productivity and investments via their consumer base and employment basement. Kiss Taiwan goodby as long as it has nitwit Jennifer Wang as Council of Labor Affairs Minister. Of its two major goals, shorter hours and higher pay, whenever labor focused on higher pay, it wound up with neither because it was just tacking an artificially high price on a surplus commodity, labor, but whenever it focused on shorter hours, it wound up with both because it cut the surplus and market forces raised pay in response. When is the other 50% of the labor movement going to wise up to this?! - not to mention the other 90% of management...]
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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) -
  • China plans to cut taxes for lower earners and raise them somewhat for the rich, to address inequality [and lagging domestic consumption and marketable productivity and sustainable investment?!], Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to A10.
    [WSJ is at pains to make today strictly a "goodnews day." Hence its near-total absence from our Headlines from Hell today. Surprisingly, happytalking New York Times makes up for it today with a lot of 'headlines from hell' or even just negative spin, like this surprisingly rightwing take on this China story -]
    China's plan to cut taxes puts burden on wealthy, NYT, A10.
    [Poor babies. Never mind that they can laugh at such "burdens" and that such "burdens" prevent them from killing their own sustainable investment by supporting the markets for the productivity they need to invest in - and c'mon! productivity without marketability is meaningless and should never be mentioned alone without the complete phrase, "MARKETABLE productivity."]



    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca
    - updating today from Starbucks, State & Pearl, Albany, NY -



    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • Middle-skilled workers vanishing breed in U.S., National Post, FP1 pointer to FP10.
    Middle-skilled jobs eliminated by technology - TD study - Some workers are pushed down the skills ladder, economist says, National Post, FP10 target article.

    vanishing RETIREMENT in the news (archives) - no problem with short-time full employment via timesizing -
  • Idea of full-stop retirement at 65 becoming obsolete - Boomers staying put, Financial Post via Ottawa Citizen, D6.
    [Can't afford to retire? And more people not retiring will further worsen the frozen workweek's wage-depressing labor surplus and mean that even more people can't afford to retire... a regular self-fueling forest fire. Here's the original Financial Post version -]
    Full retirement a thing of the past - Baby boomers likely to [or forced to] reinvent themselves - There will come a time when either our minds or our bodies will start to break down, Financial Post, FP6.
    [First thought: better spare parts technology - but in a carefully fostered wage-depressing labor surplus, who can afford it? So, default to ,,, cheap Kevorkian kits!]

    HOMELESSNESS in North America (archives)- sooo unnecessary with full employment via timesizing -
  • Drop-in centre no longer welcome - Residents opposed return of program [for homeless], Ottawa Citizen, C1.
    Centre 454..planning to return to its first home, the basement of St.Alban's Church, 454 King Edward Ave. [Ottawa]..after a 10-year absence..\.. Condos [vs.] the Homeless...
    [NION - Not In Our Neighborhood.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Inflation escalation - Skyrocketing prices put crunch on families - It's not the little extras that are hurting - it's the basics of life, from gas to fresh vegetables, Ottawa Citizen, A1.
    [Check out Timesizing's natural, intuitive inflation control in a context of a much more flexible and versatile workforce, with none of today's growth-clobbering interest-rate raising.]
    Match the item to its price increase - As the economy revs up [blip only] and energy prices surge [this alone would squelch any 'rev'], consumers are paying more for everything - And the effects are going to be felt in every pocket of life, from wage settlements [wrong, labor is a surplus commodity] to child support, Toronto Globe, A1.
    Water: 6.3%
    Gasoline: 18.9%
    Electricity: 4.3%
    Lettuce: 66.6%
    Milk: 2.9%
    Potatoes: 20.75
    It started with energy ... Now [in Canada in March] inflation has come home - Another 'shocker' rise could trigger rate hike, National Post, FP1.
    +18.1% Year-over-year change in price of gasoline
    +12.8%...in price of energy
    +3.3%...in price of food
    +2.6%...in price of health and personal care
    +2.4%...in price of shelter
    Inflation's jolt signals the end of tame era, Toronto Globe, B1.
  • Traders ballpark new gold ceiling - Breaches $1500, National Post, FP1.
    ..breached yet another psychological barrier...[for THE crisis metal]
  • What's holding India back from real growth, Ottawa Citizen, D4.
    [Probably the same thing that's holding everybody else back from real growth = a wage&spending-depressing labor surplus that management fosters and that concentrates and de-activates the money supply instead of a wage&spending-boosting labor shortage that management loudly bewails but that centrifuges and circulates the money supply.]
  • Generating employment top of mind for constituents, Ottawa Citizen, C1.
  • Hungry for work, Americans flock to McJobs - One-day hiring campaign seeks 50,000 employees, Ottawa Citizen, D5.
    ..Managers declined to say how much [or how little] they were offering candidates... Wages could be as low as the national minimum of $7.25 an hour...
    [If this was serious, Macdonalds wouldn't be using this 50,000-in-one-day gimmick.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Japan earthquake and tsunami forces Toyota to cut production at UK plant, The Guardian via guardian.co.uk
    BURNASTON, Derbs., U.K. - Toyota will close Burnaston factory in Derbyshire for 2 days each week in May. Workers also agreed to limit production to half a shift on the other 3 days. They will still be paid on Fridays through May, which will be designated as "non-attendance" days, and work back these hours at a later date. The remaining non-production time will be used for training and improvement. Toyota employs 2,600 people at Burnaston, where the Auris and Avensis models are made... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. US, Canada Need to Maintain Extra Unemployment Aid, OECD Says, Bloomberg.com
    BRUSSELS, E.U. - ..Countries such as Germany and Japan won OECD praise for programs that put workers on shorter hours during the crisis, enabling factories to cut payroll costs as production fell without pushing up the jobless rate... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Tuesday, April 19, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
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    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -

  • Markets in a state of shock - Standard & Poor's warn that they could lower United States' rating two years from now, Le Devoir de Montreal, B1.
    Debt load - Threat of U.S. credit downgrade a rebuke to political posturing - Any credible plan to put the country on sustainable financial track will require both deep spending cuts and tax hikes - Expect serious[?] brinksmanship first, Toronto Globe, A1.
    Debt agencies put U.S. on notice - Washington warned it must act to tame deficit within two years or risk losing top rating [triple A], TG, B1.
    ..S&P..cut its outlook..on long-term US debt to "negative"..first time the influential rating agency has raised a red flag over the worsening fiscal outlook and the political paralysis in Washington.\. Bonds and equities slid on news, erasing an earlier rally...
    Outlook negative - "At some poinot they are going to have to have some real leadership that tells people some hard choices have to be made...", Norman Raschkowan, Mackenzie Investments, National Post, FP1.
    ..S&P wants something done - not good enough just to buy time until the next elections...
  • A corporate tax conundrum: How effective are rate cuts as tools of job creation?..., Toronto Globe, A1.
    [You gotta be pretty gullible just to believe this blatant slice of corporate self-interest enough to even ask the question!]
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    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Q and A: 5 tips on asking for a raise in tough times, GrandForksHerald.com
    [Our tips: don't don't don't DON'T DON'T - ask for shorter hours cuz there's no demand anyway...]
    GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Question: My husband's employer has not given out raises in several years. With the economic downturn, things at the company became pretty tight, even leading to a four-day workweek for two years. Now the company is doing better. It has hired new employees and has suspended the four-day workweek. But so far it has no plans for raises... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. It pays to support the unpaid, Business Spectator via businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf
    SYDNEY, Australia -..We need a benefit system that recognises the value of certain unpaid contributions and a workforce culture that sees shorter hours and other responsibilities as a norm to be encouraged... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Sun-Mon., April 17-18, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
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    looting- and layoff-triggering MERGERS in the news (archives) -
    Mergers&acquisitions (M&As) provide a last resort for incompetent CEOs & a highway to monopoly - Management's
    economy-shrinking merger skills need replacement by economy-growing workspreading skills -
    Buy instead of build market share? - See 'overlap' & lay off more of your customers' customers? = a suicidal joke - Real CEOs don't do 'M&As' -

  • KORES, Capstone Reach Joint Deal to Acquire Canadian Copper Mining Company [Far West for $700m on Sunday], 4/17 (4/18 over dateline) english.chosun.com

    tsunami of BANKRUPTCIES in the news (archives) - staunched only by risky war or safe timesizing -
  • Philadelphia Orchestra to seek bankruptcy protection - ..One of the nation's "Big Five" symphonies voted on Saturday to seek Chapter 11..., 4/18 Reuters.com

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Global Markets - Euro zone debt crisis gets new Finnish threat - Finnish vote adds concerns about euro zone bailouts, by Jeremy Gaunt, 4/18 Reuters.com
    The euro fell on Monday and stocks were weaker as the rise of a euro-sceptic party in Finland added another potential hurdle to solving the euro zone's debt problems...
    [What's the problem? Just tax the rich till they've paid themselves back. They're the only ones with that kind of dough anyway, and they spend such a small percentage of it, it will have zilch adverse effect on consumer spending and all its dependent markets. As for the argument that untaxing them creates jobs, we've been untaxing them now ever since Reagan, so...SHOW US THE JOBS.]
  • Tackle growing food, fuel crisis, editorial, 4/18 The Guardian via ippmedia.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The World Bank has raised alarm over the high and volatile food prices, which have hit the poor nations hardest, by adding to their woes. Addressing a press conference in Washington last week, the President Robert Zoellick described the food price movements as the biggest threat to the poorest nations around the world...
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    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Williams, Farmer suffer self-inflicted wounds, 4/17 Lexington Herald Leader via kentucky.com
    LEXINGTON, Ken. - ..This has to give furloughed workers in the Department of Agriculture a warm, fuzzy feeling about the Kentucky idol who leads them — particularly since, while Farmer focused only on his own bottom line, all other statewide constitutional officers had the class to step up and voluntarily return six days' salary to the state treasury or donate it to a charity or a financially strapped state agency... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This return of six days' salary creates an interesting new category: "symbolic furlough." Or... you've heard of "comp time"? Maybe this is "comp pay."]
  2. Expect closed satellite courthouses Monday, ahead of this Friday's deadline, 4/18 WVTM Alabama's13 via www2.alabamas13.com
    BIRMINGHAM Ala. – ..This past week, the county commission voted to close all four satellite courthouses this Friday, and cut county hourly workers hours from 40 to 32 hours a week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS excerpt - Luxembourg longs mill adopts short-time working, specialises, 4/18 Steel Business Briefing (subscription) via steelbb.com
    LUXEMBOURG - Half of Rodange & Schifflange's roughly 262 employees will be part of a short-time working scheme, while the rest will be absorbed at other ArcelorMittal sites, the representatives confirm...
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Saturday, April 16, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
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    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -

  • The G20 will monitor seven countries at risk for the world economy, Le Devoir de Montreal, C1.
  • Double income, no cash and a mountain of debt, Ottawa Citizen, F3.
  • Prime Minister should be like CEO, voters say, Ottawa Citizen, A3.
    [If true, voters are slitting their own throats and voting against democracy - and voting itself, because CEOs are totalitarian. If true, Canadians - and Americans who support a CEO-like presidency - are ensuring less of the most important kind of system feedback, negative feedback (= the definitive advantage of democracy - the kind that indicates need and direction of change) and thereby accelerating the decline and fall of their power and pre-eminence.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Another air traffic controller falls asleep, FAA says, WashingtonPost.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -..Although scheduling is flexible to meet the air traffic system’s demands, one of the most popular schedules is known as the 2-2-1. Under it, a controller begins the workweek with two evening shifts, does a quick turnaround to a pair of day shifts and then does another quick turn before an overnight shift... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It's bad enough that we've piled on the "worksaving" technology for 71 years without resuming our 100-year reduction of the full-time workweek, but our tendency to overschedule the most dangerous jobs - physicians, truck drivers, air-traffic controllers,... - is really stupid. Maybe we're starting to wake up on this issue.]
  2. Kent Land O'Lakes to lay off 45, Ravenna Record Courier via recordpub.com
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - A quarter of the workforce at Land O’Lakes manufacturing plant in Kent will be sent home temporarily for the “first time in recent years,” a corporate spokeswoman said... Demand for butter changes seasonally, said Jeanne Forbis, communications director at Land O’Lakes, a butter and margarine company... She didn’t say for how long the 45 employees would be furloughed, but the goal is to “align production with the normal, temporary, seasonal slowdown in butter demand"... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Note the confusion in language between "layoff" and "furlough" - which is why we search for workhour or workweek stories before we check out the furlough stories.]
  3. BONUS clip - The time of our lives - Canadians live to work, Europeans work to live, by James Bagnall, Ottawa Citizen, F1.
    It's been this way for decades. People in North America and Japan put in more hours of work per day than most other citizens...
    [And this concentration of natural market-demanded employment on fewer and fewer people as technology is introduced and jobs are outsourced means higher and higher unemployment, welfare, disability, incarceration, homelessness and suicide AND sub-maximum consumer spending, marketable productivity and sustainable investment. It also means more empty lip-service to "freedom" while the most fundamental freedom shrinks = free time.]
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Friday, April 15, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
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    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • A Cautionary Tale Of Outsourcing To China: There Is No Recourse, You Could Lose Everything, Manufacturing & Technology News via manufacturingnews.com
    Thousands of American companies that have moved production to China to take advantage of cheap labor might want to consider a case study that is unfolding for a U.S. manufacturing company. Fellowes Inc., one of the world’s largest makers of office and personal paper shredders, is witnessing the destruction of its business, as its large Chinese manufacturing plant has been shut down by its joint venture manufacturing partner... - see whole article under today's date.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Social change - Global capitalism leaving U.S. middle class behind, Toronto Globe & Mail, B2.
    [And since global capitalism is on life-support from the middle class alias consumer spending, this means that global capitalism is leaving itself behind = Suicide, Everyone Else First. And the G20 is blissfully unaware of this too-big, too-obvious, too-gradual, too-self-inflicted threat, which is totally below its radar and missing from its threat-list -]
  • G20 confronts threats to global economic recovery, Toronto Globe, B1.
    ..European debt crisis...Greece's record borrowing costs and potential debt restructuring...record yield on 10-year Portuguese debt...U.S.'s long-term deficit [and record debt], the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, and oil prices above $100 a barrel...
    [And most of all, the staged withdrawal of the wealthy from the ranks of taxpayers (see "The secession of the successful" under ECONOMIC DECLINE on 3/18-19) under and their support for even lower taxes - and higher debt - and their support for hostility toward government - and their ever greater self-isolation and insulation - and their ever more skillful news-spinning to erase all negative feedback - and their ever more complete decision-making power - and the consequent ever-greater unadaptiveness of economic systems - EXCEPT where working hours are shortest, for example, in Germany and Netherlands...]
  • Manufacturing sales [in Canada] dip led by auto sector, Ottawa Citizen, F1.
    ..down 1.5%..or $720 million..to $47.1 billion...
  • Wall of worry puts TSX in the negative, Ottawa Citizen, F4.
    [TSX = Toronto Stock Exchange]
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  1. Who's Happier: Europeans or Americans? LiveScience.com
    DALLAS, Tex. -.. "Those who work longer hours in Europe are less happy than those who work shorter hours, but in the U.S. it's the other way around," said study author Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, a clinical assistant professor of public policy at The University of Texas at Dallas... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Jefferson County, Ala. to close 4 satellite courthouses, move employees, DailyJournal.net
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — ..The commission also voted Tuesday to reduce the workweek for most of its approximately 2,913 hourly workers and commissioners said they would study possible reductions for 445 salaried workers who are exempt from the workweek reduction... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Thursday, April 14, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
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    JOB- OR JOBLOSS-RELATED SUICIDE in the news (archives) -

  • Suicides rise during recessions, CDC study confirms, by Monifa Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times via suntimes.com.
    Suicide rates in the United States tend to rise during recessions and fall during times of economic growth, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... - see whole article under today's date.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Heavy price for nuclear crisis, by Chiaki Toyoda & Tatsuya Watanabe, (4/15 dateline issue) Yomiuri Shimbun via yomiuri.co.jp
    Given the increasingly serious circumstances involving Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the firm cannot be allowed to get away with ambiguous statements. Appearing Wednesday at a press conference at TEPCO's head office, the first he had held in about a month, company President Masataka Shimizu did not go into detail about future actions concerning the nuclear plant. All he said was: "I want to indicate [when the accident can be contained] as soon as possible."
    [So it's not even contained yet?]
    On the subject of compensation for people affected by the crisis, Shimizu said: "We'll act based on the law concerning compensation for nuclear disasters. We're considering provisional payments for urgently needed money." Under the law, the government will shoulder up to 240 billion yen for the Fukushima accident. If the total amount exceeds that figure, TEPCO is in principle responsible for the remainder. The total amount of compensation may reach trillions of yen, however, making it doubtful TEPCO will be able to shoulder such a burden. Therefore, the government and TEPCO have begun discussing a plan to establish a fund for compensation payments, to which other electric power companies will also contribute money...
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  1. State senate panel gives schools more flexibility, AP via VictoriaAdvocate.com
    AUSTIN, Tex. -..Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, emphasized the bill's requirements that school districts maximize furloughs and salary cuts before laying off a teacher for financial reasons. "This is a place where we felt satisfied and recognized both the needs of schools and teachers," said Davis, who co-authored the bill. "I hope that districts will use reduction in force as an absolute last resort"... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Ford Australia Imposes job cuts; Toyota slashes work hours, International Business Times AU via au.ibtimes.com
    ALTONA, suburb of Melbourne VIC Australia - ..The Sydney Morning Herald reported that at Toyota, manufacturing adjustments will also be done at its Altona plant and will work a half-day shift from May 9. Staff will be paid 75% of their normal wages as the factory operates on a reduced schedule of 50%, while a similar outlook is expected in June. The announcement will affect 3300 staff, who produce the Camry, Hybrid Camry and Orion models in Melbourne's west... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Wednesday, April 13, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
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    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca
    - updating today from Café Coopsco, Univ. du Québec en Outaouais (Brault), Gatineau (Hull) -


    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -

  • Global markets tumbled amid rising concern that the high cost of raw materials is undercutting growth prospects..,
    Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to C1,C5,C15.
  • A completely simple equation - More productivity leads to more prosperity, expounds Robert Gagne...professor at the HEC Montreal Institute of Applied Economics, Le Devoir de Montréal, B1
    [- ONLY if it's marketable! Funny how economists, even in "applied" economics," keep omitting that detail and spouting "Say's Law" dba "Say's Fallacy" - cuz with more productive technology, a frozen pre-technology workweek and more and more downsizing instead of timesizing, there are weaker and weaker markets and less and less marketability, and higher and higher percentages of the national income and wealth trapped and decirculated and de-activated in the black hole of the topmost income brackets = "The Great Leak Upward." They want to believe that "If we produce it, it will sell"? Dream on. For example, rising prices are weakening the market for gas -]
    Rising gas prices are braking demand, Le Devoir de Montréal, B1 pointer to B3.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Sharing workers to avoid layoffs, Toronto Star via thestar.com
    OAKVILLE, Ont., Canada - When Hannah McKinnon started soul searching about her career plans, she remembered an observation her father made years before about the building industry. He had noticed that while some companies were understaffed and needed an electrician, plumber or draftsman for a new project or when a deadline was escalated, other companies would have surplus staff. “He said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to be able to connect and share those workers?’ ”... That was the inspiration for *Pooling People, a company McKinnon launched in January that connects businesses so they can share workers, who can be loaned out temporarily or placed permanently with another employer... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This idea would be particular adaptible for Phase 3 of the Timesizing Program, where employees who love their jobs are willing to work overtime and reinvest in training and hiring, but each one individually might have too little of an overtime-earnings reinvestment to create a single substantial job for someone else, and so a work-pooling technique would be welcome.]
  2. Full-time hourly employees' hours cut, Escanaba Daily Press via dailypress.net
    ESCANABA, Mich. - Full-time hourly employees working for the city of Escanaba will have their schedules reduced to 35 hours a week beginning July 1. The change was made during council's budget work sessions Tuesday... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Tuesday, April 12, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca
    - updating today from Café Corsé, 152 rue Montcalm on l'Îsle de Hull, Gatineau, QUÉBEC -


    looting- and layoff-triggering MERGERS in the news (archives) -
    Mergers&acquisitions (M&As) provide a last resort for incompetent CEOs & a highway to monopoly - Management's
    economy-shrinking merger skills need replacement by economy-growing workspreading skills -
    Buy instead of build market share? - See 'overlap' & lay off more of your customers' customers? = a suicidal joke - Real CEOs don't do 'M&As' -

  • Gildan buys Gold Toe Moretz [Holdings for $280m],
    Le Devoir de Montréal, B4.

    HOMELESSNESS in North America (archives)- sooo unnecessary with full employment via timesizing -
  • City's homeless plan gets F, by Jamie Long, Ottawa Sun, p.8.
    ..The Alliance to End Homelessness..found there were 334 new affordable units created in Ottawa in 2010, which was well short of the goal of 1,000. But it was more than three times the mere 88 added in 2009... The price of housing is still too high [and] the city is still behind in its goal of ending homelessness by 2020...

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Japan's disaster toll, one month later: $310 billion,- 25,000: number of people believed killed in the dual disaster, Toronto Globe, A1 pointer...
  • Pain at the pump - Canadians to shell out $12B more for gas - Price of gas eating into our extra money, Ottawa Sun, p.26.
    [Quebec version -]
    Rise in the price of gas in Canada - 12 billion dollars - It's what motorists should pay extra in 2011, according to a report from CIBC World Markets - Canadians won't drive less because gas is expensive; they'll go to restaurants less and be more selective at the grocery, Le Devoir de Montréal, B1.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. GE Transportation to add 100 workers in Lawrence Park, GoErie.com
    LAWRENCE PARK, Pa. -..Erie County's largest employer announced Monday that it will add 100 hourly workers. Those additions come on top of nearly 800 furloughed workers who have been called back to work in recent months and to another 100 workers added even more recently... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Peru revises policy on work hours, comp time, Lewiston Sun Journal via sunjournal.com
    PERU, Maine — Selectman on Monday night approved two revisions to the Personnel Policy. One states that 35 to 40 hours qualifies as full time; the other that compensatory time will be granted on time-and-a-half basis after 40 hours. Employees can have no more than 40 hours on the books at any given time. The employee must take the pay before the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30. The supervisor may authorize the employee to take the actual time off without pay, the policy states... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Furlough 2011 Questions and Answers, Dept. of Defense CPMS via warriorcare.dodlive.mil
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..A furlough is the placing of an employee in a temporary non-duty, non-pay status because of lack of work or funds, or other non-disciplinary reasons. For most employees, there are two basic categories of furloughs, an "emergency" furlough or a "save money" furlough, each involving different procedures... - see more of this gov't Q&A under today's date.
  4. Long on talk but short on facts, Parksville Qualicum News via BCLocalNews.com
    VANCOUVER, B.C., Canada -..The CLC thought some measures were helpful to working people and the poorest seniors — such as an extension of EI work sharing, and an increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Sun-Mon., April 10-11. 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca
    - updating today from Café Corsé, 152 rue Montcalm on l'Îsle de Hull, Gatineau, QUÉBEC -


    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -

  • Recession lingers for Hamilton food banks, 4/10 TheSpec.com
    HAMILTON, Ont., Canada - Agencies across the city are seeing food-bank donations take their dry-period earlier than they did before the recession. While summers are historically a slow time for these organizations, gaps in the food-bank system have started appearing sooner in the spring, Hamilton Food Share’s resource/development officer, Rachel O’Reilly said...
    While economists point to an end to the recession, the untold story is that companies have had to get “leaner and meaner” and the apparent end of a downturn does not translate into jobs, O’Reilly said. “So from a food-bank perspective, the recession is not over, sadly.”
    The Neighbour 2 Neighbour Centre has already started purchasing key food items – the earliest it has had to do it in the 18 years executive director Denise Arkell has been with the agency. It normally don’t have to buy the food until June, she said. Donations are coming in along the same lines, but the need isn’t declining, Arkell said, adding they serve about 1,050 families every month. There was a 20% increase in demand last year that has not declinied, Arkell said...
  • The high costs of the high loonie [C$1 - Canadian] manufacturers [only those who export], retailers [only those who import], exporters hit hardest as the cost of doing [foreign-trade-]business soars, Ottawa Metro, o9.
    [More Free Trade "kool-aid" about how a nation should sacrifice its domestic employment and consumer spending (70% or more of its economy) for its export-import industry (30% or less of its economy). What's Canada supposed to do, deregulate and corrupt its banking system to lower its dollar, like the once-great USA?]
  • Icelanders refuse to pay for bank collapse, 4/11 Ottawa Metro, o8.
    ..to repay Britain and the Netherlands $5 billion for their citizens' deposits in the failed online bank Icesave... With about 90% of the votes counted..."no"..59.1%...reflect[ing] anger at having to pay for the excesses of their bankers...
    [Better Brits and Netherlanders had not been dragged into it then so Icelanders would direct their wrath where it belongs, flay their bankers and redesign their banking system to render impossible such colossal taxation without representation. See also longer article below under 'less strategic good news.']
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Union Describes Details of New Contract, 4/10 HawaiiReporter.com
    HONOLULU, Hawaii - ..Effective 6/30/2011, furloughs and all related wage reductions end. From 7/1/2011 through 6/30/2013, a 5% temporary across-the-board salary reduction is implemented based on salaries as of 6/30/2009. Salaries are restored to pre-furlough levels (6/30/2009 rates), effective 7/1/2013... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Slovenia Risks Debt Crisis Without Pension Overhaul, Pahor Says, 4/11 Bloomberg.com
    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - ..Efforts to help recapitalize its banks, offer state- guarantees to companies to rekindle the economy and subsidize shorter working hours pushed the public debt level to 38 percent of total output at the end of last year... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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) -
  • Iceland Declares Independence from International Banks, by Bill Wilson, 4/11 NetrightDaily.com (item-flag credit to 7/02 Marc Landry via 7/09 Gilles Pilon).
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Iceland is free. And it will remain so, so long as her people wish to remain autonomous of the foreign domination of her would-be masters — in this case, international bankers. On April 9, the fiercely independent people of island-nation defeated a referendum that would have bailed out the UK and the Netherlands who had covered the deposits of British and Dutch investors who had lost funds in Icesave bank in 2008. At the time of the bank’s failure, Iceland refused to cover the losses. But the UK and Netherlands nonetheless have demanded that Iceland repay them for the “loan” as a condition for admission into the European Union.
    [What idiots have taken over the EU - they think they have any attraction when they want an impossible payback from uninvolved innocent people to have the "Inexpressible Privilege" of joining a bunch of clowns who want to tax millions more uninvolved innocent people to cancel the risk of wealthy investors who have flushed billions down toilets in Greece and Portugal and who knows what other corrupt and irresponsible polities.]
    In response, the Icelandic people have told Europe to go pound sand.
    [Icelanders should also string up a couple of their own bankers who fell for this and exposed their fellow citizens to this ridiculous pressure. They're SUPPOSED to be the smartest people in the world, with the most PhDs per capita - are we still talkin' "idiot savants" here?!]
    The final vote was 103,207 to 69,462, or 58.9% to 39.7%. “Taxpayers should not be responsible for paying the debts of a private institution,” said Sigriur Andersen, a spokeswoman for the Advice group that opposed the bailout... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Wasn't America founded on a fight against "taxation without representation"? Not it's deeper in it than ever cuz the "representatives" are corrupt cowards.]



    Saturday, April 9th. 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -



    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • 1,500 jobs shed [last month in Canada] - Surge in full-time work offset by part-time loss, National Post, FP1.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Deadline drama over budget, WSJ, A1.
    The federal government prepared to shut down, as negotiations among congressional leaders on a budget deal failed to settle a few remaining issues, WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:3,A4,A5.
  • Stocks fell..ahead of the potential government shutdown - The Dow slipped 29.44 points or 0.24% to 12380.05..., WSJ, A1:1 pointer to B5,A1:6.
  • Portugal next in 'debt trap', NYT, A1.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Illinois lawmakers react to federal budget deal, ABC7Chicago.com
    CHICAGO, Illin. -- A late night deal prevented a federal shutdown and Congress will come back next week and vote on the compromise. If negotiations had failed Friday night, about 800,000 government workers would have been furloughed -- and a range of government services would have come to a halt... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. CNMI Report - Hotels Cut Work Hours & Operations, PacificNewsCenter.com
    GUAM - ..Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands chair Nick Nishikawa said Hyatt Regency Saipan has slashed staff work hours to 32 a week... Other hotels in the island have also implemented 32-hour workweek schedules in an effort survive the current tourist dry spell... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Friday, 4/08/2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    MAKEWORK: too little, too late, too artificial, too arbitrary, too military, too eco-stressing, in the news (archives) - all unnecessary with full employment via temporary worksharing & permanent timesizing -

  • In war between states for jobs, businesses stand to gain most, NYT, A1.
    [Not really, because they're becoming accustomed to parasitism and job blackmail instead of focusing on their corporate mission (if any). And their whole orientation is weakening their foundations in the consumer base and the employment basement, making them technically "dumb parasites." They're not businesses - they're socialist cripples that should be forced to sink or swim on a reduced workweek appropriate to the Age of Robotics. Hire your own markets or die, but keep government out of it except as an overseer of automatic fluctuation of the workweek to minimize unemployment and maximize full employment and markets.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Policy takes center stage as shutdown gets closer - Talks fail to end impasse, NYT, A1.
    A shutdown would create wide ripples..across business - Concerns about stalling out a "fragile recovery" [our quotes - or avoiding a deeper cascade?], by Motoko Rich, NYT, A1.
    ..The federal government is, after all, a very big business, and temporarily pulling the plug would disrupt many other businesses...
  • How secrecy undermines audit reform -
    [That OK - us figure out why secrecy baaad BAAAD.]
    - Leaving investors to figure out who's using accounting tricks, NYT. B1.
    [The answer would be 80-90% of the financial industry today, according to Bill Black, the regulator who cleaned up the S&L crisis,]
  • Quote of the day, Montreal Gazette, A1.
    "Three groups spend other people's money [OPM]: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision." Dick Armey.
    [He should know - he's a pol. But he forgot bankers! (or maybe he included them under 'thieves'?) (or maybe he just realizes they've taken so much they couldn't possibly spend it?)]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Toyota moves to shortened work week, WoodstockSentinelReview.com
    WOODSTOCK, Calif. — Toyota Motor Corp. has announced it is halting production at its 13 North American plants starting next week. A meeting is scheduled this afternoon at Woodstock's plant, where more details on the shut down are expected... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Calendar of Events - Wednesday, April 13 - Tales of Workplace Danger and Advocacy, Glen Cove Record Pilot via antonnews.com/glencoverecordpilot/calendar
    BROOKVILLE, N.Y. - ..This tragic incident changed the course of labor history, leading to workplace reforms including minimum wage, shorter hours, safety standards and the right to organize unions. This collaborative event is a tribute to the brave women who perished in the Shirtwaist Factory Fire and their journey towards greater workplace equality. Their struggle to form a union, achieve fair pay, shorter working hours and safer working conditions will be echoed through a variety of memoirs... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Thurs., 4/07/2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -



    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • The long-term jobless, letter to editor by Jon Riener of NYC, New York Times, A22.
    Re "U.S. posts a gain of 216,000 jobs, a lift for Obama" (front page, April 2):
    I was laid off four years ago. Despite the fact that I continue to look for a job, I - and millions of others like me - are tagged as having "given up," passively waiting for conditions to improve.
    You report: "For several months now, economists have expressed hope that unemployed Americans will take heart from signs of new hiring and re-enter the work force. That did not happen in March."
    The assumption that we are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the starter's gun to fire is both untrue and insulting, a cruel case of blaming the victims. We send out resumes, we search online, we seek people out, we meet in discussion groups.
    We are not the ones who have given up - we can't afford to. It is employers who stigmatize long-term unemployment as a liability who have given up on us.
    [And of course, journalists, who persist in publishing our most rosy and misleading unemployment rate, instead of one of the other five that the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks monthly that would be more informative and action-incentivizing.]

    tsunami of BANKRUPTCIES in the news (archives) - staunched only by risky war or safe timesizing -
  • OneUnited [Bank in Boston] faces further US scrutiny - Treasury steps in after skipped payments [on $12 million in bailout funds], Boston Globe, B7.
    [Meanwhile, article right below -]
    Logue receives final million-dollar payout from State Street [Bank], by Todd Wallack, BG, B7.
    Ronald Logue ended a two-decade tenure at State Street Corp., the last six years as its chief executive and then chairman, with a final million-dollar payout and a few last perks. ...Logue received $1.6 million in stock last year that he had earned as part of a performance-based bonus plan. For the two months of 2010 that he served as chief executive, Logue was paid $176,923 in salary.
    [$88,000 a month to one human while consumer spending shrinks, and with it, currency circulation and economic dynamism? To paraphrase Gilbert & Sullivan's Gondoliers,
    "Giving them the very best and getting back the very worst,
    That is how we tried to tame our su-per wealthy class at first."]
    He received another $416,667 for being chairman of the company's board of directors the rest of the year. The company also recorded an additional $8.4 million cost for his pension...
    [And this is the industry that extorted $700 billion from taxpayers as a "bailout," and not from their own robber barons? The first economy that proceeds furthest and fastest through the series of economic-core upgrades from Worktime-sizing to Income-sizing to Wealth-sizing to Credit-sizing will have such an advantage over all the rest by every measure, it will make Germany's current advantage due to Kurz-arbeit pale by comparison.]

    A DELUGE OF DISABILITY & "disability" in the news (archives) - so-o-o unnecessary with the shorter workweeks of the timesizing program -
  • [Disabled Nation -]
    Disabled, but looking for work - Not much success in jobs program run by Social Security, by Motoko Rich, 4/07 New York Times, B1.
    ..About 8.2 million people [2.7% of 300m] collected disabled worker benefits totaling $115 billion last year, up from 5 million a decade earlier.
    About one in 21 Americans [4.8%] from age 25 to 64 receive the benefit, according to an analysis of Social Security data by Prof. Mark Duggan, an economist at the University of Maryland, compared with one in 30 a little over a decade ago. In..Arizona, the figure is one in 12, among the highest in the nation.
    Along with the monthly checks that are based on the worker's earnings history, beneficiaries generally qualify for Medicare - otherwise reserved for those over 65 - two years after being admitted to the disability rolls... The benefits have no expiration date, like the current 99-week limit for collecting unemployment...

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Shutdown looming, leaders scramble - Obama says progress made, but still no deal - Frustration, confusion rife in capital, beyond, Boston Globe, A1.
  • Surging oil prices squeezing a still-recovering [ie: still sick] economy - Two-thirds in [AP] poll expect hardship, BG, B8.
    [And regarding Fidelity getting state tax breaks to keep jobs in Massachusetts and then moving jobs out of state -]
  • $2B in tax breaks unchecked, Mass. auditor says, by Bob Salsberg, AP via BG, B8.
    The state hands out more than $2 billion in business tax breaks annually with no mechanism for reviewing their effectiveness or recouping lost revenue if the exemptions fail to produce the desired results, an analysis by the state auditor shows. Auditor Suzanne Bump reviewed 92 business tax breaks or credits, many dating back decades, and determined that only seven had so-called sunset clauses, automatic reviews of a law after a fixed period of time, and only 10 had clawback provisions allowing the state to get back some of the taxes if a company doesn't meet job creation goals or other benchmarks. The [others] would total $2.1 billion in foregone revenue during the fiscal year starting July 1...
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Tough time for jobless, Cambridge News via cambridge-news.co.uk
    HUNTINGDON, England - ..He said: “They have been on short-time working for the past four or five weeks and as redundancies often come after short-time working they were not surprised... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And without the worksharing (alias 'short-time working') there would doubtless have been more downsizings (alias redundancies) sooner.]
  2. Looking for staff in all the right places, by Hannah McKinnon, FinancialPost.com
    OAKVILLE, Ont., Canada -..If you are overstaffed, a good first step to take is a careful analysis of the order book, available staff and vacation planning. Do employees have [comp time for] overtime owing to them that they could take now? Has an employee always dreamed of taking a sabbatical leave? Have any employees ever mentioned wanting to reduce their working hours?... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Final Rule Clarifies Tip Credit, Comp Time, Fluctuating Workweek, Compensation.BLR.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -..The final rule does not implement a proposed revision to the rules regarding the fluctuating workweek method of calculating overtime... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Compare Walter Reuther's concept of designing an automatically "fluctuating adjustment of the workweek against unemployment," mentioned in his speech at the UAW Convention in Atlantic City in 1964, a concept that we have incorporated into Phase 4 of the Timesizing program.]
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Wed., 4/06/2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    looting- and layoff-triggering MERGERS in the news (archives) -
    Mergers&acquisitions (M&As) provide a last resort for incompetent CEOs & a highway to monopoly - Management's
    economy-shrinking merger skills need replacement by economy-growing workspreading skills -
    Buy instead of build market share? - See 'overlap' & lay off more of your customers' customers? = a suicidal joke - Real CEOs don't do 'M&As' -

  • Once a great flop, now sold for billions - [P&G sells Pringles to Diamond Foods for $2.35 billion], New York Times, B1.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • US close to federal shutdown on budget - Summit ends with no deal on spending cuts - Obama calls on parties to act 'like grown-ups', Financial Times, p.1.
    [The Republican Party has become worse than a pack of Qaeda suicide bombers - a rabble of radical nitwits to aggravate the world's problems at a time when they're already waaay bad enough.]
  • Closing parks, feeding tigers and deciding who's essential, by Stolberg & Pear, New York Times, A1.
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Zoo would close, but the lions and tigers would get fed; Yellowstone and other national parks [Grand Canyon?] would shut down. The IRS could stop issuing refund checks. Customs and Border Patrol agents "training officials" [our quotes] in Afghanistan might have to come home...
    [That would be GREAT - what about dismantling the rest of our blood&taxmoney-bloated military-industrial bureaucracy? Or sneak a siphon into the CIA's slush fund? If they couldn't predict the collapse of communism, they'll never notice a slush-colored siphon.]
    This [above] is what a government shutdown might look like.
    ..On Capitol Hill, the chairman of the Committee on House Administration warned "non-essential employees" on Tuesday to turn off their BlackBerries during a shutdown, or risk punishment for working while on furlough..\..
    [Two questions: 1. Who's going to punish them during a shutdown? and 2. Isn't it time they got to turn off their BlackBerries and have some life off-the-job anyway?!]
    For weeks, the Obama administration has been quietly examining the experience of the mid-1990s \the Great Government Shutdowns of 1995 and 1996\ as a kind of shutdown survival guide...
    [Wouldn't it have been easier if Obama and his fellow Dem pussycats had pushed through some reforms while they still had both Houses of Congress instead of trying for consensus with these government haters? They might still have both Houses. But as the current consensus goes, "Bam may be a nice guy but he ain't no leader."]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Carmakers in cutbacks after Japan disaster, Financial Times, p.16.
    LONDON, U.K. & TORONTO, Canada -..Jim D’Avila, regional officer for the union Unite, told the Financial Times that the options Honda was discussing with workers included working a week with reduced hours, shutting down for four weeks, or shutting down for longer... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. 800,000 feds will likely be furloughed in a Teaparty-induced government shutdown, Under The Mountain Bunker & Coffee Shop - "Come for the Apocalypse – stay for the coffee!" via underthemountainbunker.com
    UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, Rocky Mtns., Colo. - Members of the military will not get paid and a significant number of Defense Department civilian employees will be furloughed, said the official who insisted he not be identified... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Tues., 4/05/2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we give you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    looting- and layoff-triggering MERGERS in the news (archives) -
    Mergers&acquisitions (M&As) provide a last resort for incompetent CEOs & a highway to monopoly - Management's
    economy-shrinking merger skills need replacement by economy-growing workspreading skills -
    Buy instead of build market share? - See 'overlap' & lay off more of your customers' customers? = a suicidal joke - Real CEOs don't do 'M&As' -

  • Big deals roar back as [demented] spirits rebound, by Gina Chon, Wall Street Journal, A1.
    • Texas Instruments a-greed to pay $6.5 billion for National Semiconductor
    • Chinese mining company a-greed to pay $6.5 billion for Canadian-Australian firm
    • KKR a-greed to pay $2.4 billion for a Pfizer unit
    • consortium of Japanese utility companies a-greed to pay $680 million for Arco Aluminum
    So far this year...$784.1 billion worth of deals announced, up from $637.9 billion same period 2010...
    largest YTD volume since 2007's $1.1 trillion YTD (year to date)
  • Solvay, Belgian chemical company, agrees to buy Rhodia for $4.8 billion, New York Times, B10.
  • Google takeovers slow to a crawl, by Cox & Pethokoukis, NYT, B2.
    ..The company has announced just $200 million of acquisitions in 2011..\..
    The problem is antitrust limbo. Google's dominance of the search advertising market has everyone worried. ..Competitors like Microsoft, regulators, and even some customers, have expressed concerns...

    tsunami of BANKRUPTCIES in the news (archives) - staunched only by risky war or safe timesizing -
  • Sbarro, seeking to reduce debt, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, NYT, B7.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Fed help kept banks afloat, until it didn't, NYT, B1.
    [and going "forward" -]
  • Geithner [fox-in-henhouse US Treasury Secretary] urged Congress to lift the debt ceiling [like 13 trillion ain't enough?], WSJ, A1 pointer to A5.
    ..saying failure to act could lead to a government default by July 8.
    [How about just TAXING THE RICH, who shoved the US Government (and non-rich taxpayers) into this position and alone have the kind of money that can pay themselves back?! They are busting their financial habitat, just like dumb parasites everywhere kill their hosts.]
  • The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to uphold an Arizona tax-credit program for groups that support religious schools, WSJ, A1 pointer to A3.
    [Nitwit rightwingers "strain out gnats and swallow camels," violating their own religions in unseparating church and state, religion and politics, and seeking free rides.]
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Valley's manufacturing sector is showing a spark of success, Yakima Herald-Republic via yakima-herald.com
    YAKIMA, Wash. -- More than two years ago, A.S.A.P. Metal Fabricators began participating in the state's shared-work program to prevent layoffs. Under the program, workers were given unemployment pay for lost wages. It allowed the firm to keep employment levels at around 30 workers... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. The 100-Hour Work Week? - The Juggle - WSJ.com on choices and tradeoffs people make as they juggle work and family, Wall Street Journal (blog) via blogs.wsj.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Would you work 100 hours a week for your dream job, or simply to have a job at all? Juggle contributor Kyle Stock asks these questions over at FINS.com, a Wall Street Journal site focused on careers. Here's an excerpt: …Keep in mind there are only 168 hours in a week... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The Timesizing program lets people who love their jobs - like the little toymaker who "never worked a day in his life" - work as many hours as they want. How do we separate the sheep from the goats? If you're willing to reinvest overtime/overwork earnings in OT-targeted training&hiring, you can work all the hours you want.]
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Sun-Mon., 4/03-04/2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we give you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    vanishing RETIREMENT in the news( archives) - no problem with short-time full employment via timesizing -

  • The Fed's low interest rates crack retirees' nest eggs, 4/4 Wall Street Journal, A1.
    [AND take another chunk out of consumer spending = economic dynamism and resilience...]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Japan reactor leaking into sea - New outflow is very radioactive, 4/03 Boston Sunday Globe, A1.
    Japanese officials failed to seal a crack at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after finding radioactive water was leaking into the ocean, 4/4 WSJ, A1 pointer to A11.
    [Is this the first instalment of "Japan's Revenge" or just the latest instalment of "Mankind's War on the Oceans"? Here's death-dealing BP vying for a chance to give the Gulf of Mexico the coup de grace -]
  • BP asks to resume drilling in Gulf, 4/4 Boston Globe, B7.
    [Let's kick this pack of dangerous & demented Brits back to where they belong, poisoning their own North Sea and the east coast o'tha Scots Heelands.]
  • GOP aim: Cut $4 trillion - Budget plan would transform [no, would GUT] Medicare [and healthcare's 7% of the economy], reset budget debate; Democrats balk, 4/4 WSJ, A1.
    [Still a drop in the $13 trillion national debt and the over $1T/yr deficit. These morons are still avoiding what is obvious to anyone with a nanomicron of common sense = the only solution that has only good results is taxing the rich and super-rich cuz they're the only ones with the scale of moola required to PAY THEMSELVES BACK. The IRS seems to agree -]
    The IRS is stepping up audits of wealthier taxpayers as part of a multiyear effort by the agency to crack down on tax avoidance, 4/4 WSJ, A1 pointer to C1.
    Rich are targeted in audit offensive, 4/4 WSJ, C1 target article.
    [Sooo much more lucrative than chasing anyone else ...but... 100% collection of Reagan's dismantled graduated taxes ain't gonna do squat versus a $13T debt. Meanwhile, the middle class continues its cascade -]
  • A 'wage-less' recovery in the U.S., by Kelly Evans, 4/4 WSJ, C1.
    [Wageless recoveries are about as real as jobless recoveries. The only recovery is in the padded cells of Wall Streeters as they blow the next "Bigger and Better!" investment bubble. And here's another ad for Amtrak -]
  • Complaints soar [up 28%] for airlines in '10 - Passengers cite crowded flights in annual survey, by Joan Lowy, 4/4 AP via BG, B7.
    ..tougher to rebook when flights are canceled... Southwest..maintained its ranking as the airline with the lowest consumer complaint rate...
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. SC prisons workers' checks lose 1st furlough day, 4/03 BusinessWeek.com/AP
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Some employees with South Carolina's prison agency are seeing the first effects of a furlough package used to cut down a $7.5 million budget shortfall... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. A new theme at Tokyo Disney: hardship, 4/4 Los Angeles Times via latimes.com
    TOKYO, Japan — ..Even if the parks shorten operating hours or open fewer days, it would be good news for Hideo Serizawa, assistant general manager of the 428-room Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel, which sits on the perimeter of the park... At the 140-store Ikspiari mall near the entrance to the Disney parks, business resumed with shorter hours March 28 after a hiatus of more than two week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Long hours 'increase heart risks', 4/4 UKPA via google.com/hostednews/ukpress
    LONDON, U.K. - Clocking up extra hours in the office can increase the risk of heart disease, a new study has found. People who work an 11-hour day compared to those who work a standard seven or eight hours increase their risk of heart disease by 67%, researchers at UCL (University College London) discovered... Professor Stephen Holgate, chairman of the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Population and Systems Medicine Board, said: "This study might make us think twice about the old adage 'hard work won't kill you'... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Saturday, 4/02/2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we give you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -

  • The U.S. created 216,000 jobs in March.., Wall Street Journal, A1:1 pointer to A1:6.
    [Dandy for appetizers, but we need at least 300,000 just to keep pace with downsizings and population growth.]
    ..and the unemployment rate fell to 8.8%, its fourth straight decline.
    [But like all the other "declines," probably only a result of so many who gave up looking and moved back in with parents, or went on welfare or disability, or became homeless or incarcerated, or committed suicide. Or best of all, became "self-employed"...with no clients.]
  • Average hourly earnings for all private-sector employees were flat from previous month at $22.87, WSJ, A1 pointer to A2.
    [Anyone know anybody with a steady job getting that much? Holding steady at this high an average means that the relatively small population in the topmost income brackets rose enough to cover the continued deterioration of general wage levels.]
  • Cuts [in Medicaid] leave patients with Medicaid cards, but no specialist to see,
    New York Times, A1.
  • Transocean Ltd. claimed the "best year in safety performance" in its history despite the deadly explosion of its Deepwater Horizon rig, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to B1.
    [Speaks volumes about its deadly history. But there's more -]
    Transocean cites safety in bonuses, WSJ, B1 target article.
    [These scum actually gave themselves BONUSES for destroying a large part of the Gulf of Mexico: fisheries, tourism, ecology.... They should all be imprisoned for life (with Kevorkian kits in tasteful niches in the wall) and divested of every cent they own to compensate the tens of thousands they've harmed. This "the largest offshore-rig company" needs to be liquidated and its assets sold to the second-largest with stern warnings.]
  • Japan's car sales plunged 37% in March.., WSJ, A1 pointer to B3.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. More Physicians Say No to Endless Workdays, NY Times, A1.
    HONESDALE, Pa. - ..For decades, medicine has been dominated by fiercely independent doctors who owned their practices, worked night and day, had comfortable incomes and rarely saw their families.
    [So they sacrificed their families for their work. They lived to work, didn't work to live. Messiah complex.]
    But with two babies, Dr. Dewar wants a life different from her father’s and grandfather’s. So instead of being an entrepreneur, she will become an employee of a large corporation working 36 hours a week — half the hours her father and grandfather worked. Indeed, emergency room and critical-care doctors work fewer hours than any other specialty, according to a 2008 report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Will 100 Years of Progress Disappear? BangorDailyNews.com
    NEWCASTLE, Maine - ..Twenty-four hours per week [that teens are allowed to work] may sound insignificant — it’s better than the 32 hours a week that she had originally wanted — but it’s too many hours: four hours a day, six days a week. The current 20-hour limit was not established arbitrarily; for years, 20 hours has been recognized by child advocates as the maximum that teens can work and attend school. Researchers from the University of Washington, the University of Virginia and Temple University issued a recent report finding that working more than 20 hours a week during the school year leads to academic and behavior problems. Working more than 20 hours is not healthful for high school students... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.



    Friday, 4/01/2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we give you first a dose of -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
    - face the bad news here in the context of a sustainable solution (see hope du jour below) -
    - editor's comments in [square brackets] – editor: Phil Hyde ecdesignr@yahoo.ca -


    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -

  • The vampire economy - The superrich are sucking America dry - Congress is under their sway.., Mother Jones magazine, April issue, cover story.
    [Right on target, Mother! Unlimited wealth is The Great Leak Upward. And the only market-oriented way to centrifuge it and get it back in circulation is to engineer a wage-raising labor shortage by resuming our 1840-1940 workweek reduction.]
  • "Conservative" Republicans [our quotes] said they would accept a government shutdown if necessary to bolster their demand for spending cuts, Boston Globe, A1 pointer to A2.
    [How is this different from what Osama bin Laden wants - to shut down the American government? April Fools' Day is certainly the day for this kind of news from a large portion of one of America's only two political parties - significantly, the one that has become less political and more theocratic and dogmatic, irrational and anarchistic.]
  • The Mellon doctrine, op ed by Paul Krugman, NY Times, A25.
    'Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers, liquidate real estate."
    [That is, liquidate everything and everyone except the thing that really needs liquifying = the massive turgid black hole of money in the top 0.01% of the population = America's and the world's several thousand billionaires.]
    That, according to [Republican Pres.] Herbert Hoover, was the advice he received from Andrew Mellon, the Treasury secretary [worse than Geithner?!], as America plunged into depression...
    Mellon-style liquidationism is now the official doctrine of the G.O.P. [based on] the Congressional Joint Economic Committee..report, "Spend less, owe less, grow the economy".\.released.\.two weeks ago...
    [This sounds like the nonsense of the early 1980s = cut taxes to increase tax revenues.]
  • Even [hedge] funds that lagged paid richly, by Julie Cresswell, NYT, B1.
    Ten years ago, when the hedge fund industry was much smaller than it is today, it took 25 hedge fund managers to earn a combined annual payday of $5 billion. Last year, it took only one. John Paulson...Paulson & Co...
  • Investors move onward and upward, WSJ, C1.
    ["Upward" toward the next hollow bubble because there's no marketable productivity to host sustainable investment - because...for those outside the corrupt financial industry -]
  • Many jobs seen as failing to meet the basics, NYT, B1.
    A study on economic stability [commissioned by Wider Opportunities for Women] says many jobs today are unlikely to cover fundamentals like housing, utilities and food. (photo caption)
  • As pace of layoffs slows, hiring stays weak, WSJ, C1.
  • Winds of trade face storm, by Richard Barley, WSJ, C18.
    Trade is vital to the global recovery.
    [No it isn't. Worksharing is. Trade is only vital to the Race to the Bottom and the further concentration and decirculation of the global money supply in the superstuffed pockets of the top 0.01% of the global population.]
    It is key to eliminating imbalances as deficit countries move toward more export-driven growth...
    [A. Trade isn't key to anything but enriching the export-import industry, and distracting so much attention to its 15-20% of the economy at the sacrifice of the 70% still barely occupied by the consumer base is about as intelligent as the Charge of the Light Brigade. B. For some to have export-driven growth, others have to have import-driven downsizing. That would be the USA. How many studies does it take to sweep away this nonsense that free trade is win-win for everyone (except every one of the American CEOs who are sacrificing their home economy for their own pecking order and status symbolism)? Consumer spending drives growth, period. And consumer spending in the once-great USA is weakening along with wage levels and labor standards and workweek enforcement and benefit-rich "full-time" employment. And with it, all the markets that depend on the consumer markets, like B2C, B2B, F2B, B2F, all except F2F because they just "invest" in evermore indirect derivatives and stock bubbles far beyond historic P/E ratio levels. And in Japan -]
  • Quake-induced misery extends to jobs market, by Eric Bellman, WSJ, A9.
    ..not onlyl killed more than 11,500 people and left more than 16,400 missing, but also left potentially hundreds of thousands of people jobless or unable to reach workplaces [e.g., because no gas for car]...
  • Tourism wilts as Japan's trees blossom, WSJ, B1.
  • India's population grew by 181 million in past decadde to 1.21 billion, second largest after China, WSJ, A1 pointer to A10.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Save jobs by sharing work, Los Angeles Daily News via dailynews.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - ..The fact is, public policy options for job creation are few. But there's one way to head off layoffs: make better use of work-sharing programs. Work-sharing is not to be confused with job-sharing, where two workers split one full-time position by each agreeing to work part-time. Through work-sharing, workers don't share a job, rather they share the work... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Canada - Harper promises boost for retraining programs, work sharing, Globe and Mail via theglobeandmail.com
    DIEPPE, N.B. - Stephen Harper is promising if re-elected to extend programs that retrain older workers, encourage work sharing instead of layoffs and help EI [employment insurance] recipients find work... A $10-million extension for work-sharing funding that helped companies avoid layoffs by offering EI benefits to staff willing to work reduced hours as their company recovers. This would extend current or recently terminated work-sharing deals by up to 16 weeks... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the Age of Robotics. We need to take charge of this worktime-cutting 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, maintains and raises wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 1%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite money in the consumer base during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires, and ignores unwillingness to PAY for that infinite work, AND ignores the increasing scarcity of good 40-hr/wk jobs to maintain wages and spending in the age of robotics. Thus, shorter hours is a strategy that is being 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.