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May, 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. Question of the Day: How Do You Get Back into the Work Week? Merrick Patch via patch.com
    [This is the kind of question we like to see!]
    MERRICK, N.Y. - You just had a three-day weekend dotted with time with friends, family, a ton of food and your mom's famous potato salad. Now it's Tuesday and you need to send the kids off to school and go back to work. If you thought Mondays were bad, getting out of bed after that extra day is especially hard. Once you get to the office, you realize that you have 140 e-mails and the voice messages are more than you can handle... - see whole article under today's date.
    [You think after a long weekend is bad? What about after a long vacation?! This is why we're fighting for shorter workweeks rather than Eurostyle longer vacations. Who wants to go back to work after a six-week vacation?!]
  2. Millville Zoning board to continue Walmart Supercenter proposal Thursday, The Bridgeton News via NJ.com
    MILLVILLE, N.J. - ..He also added that a full-time work week for a Walmart employee is only 28 hours per week, which causes difficulty in claiming available health insurance... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This is probably close to the level that should be "full-time" for every employee in the age of robotics, but if we did it systematically, there would be no difficulty whatsoever in claiming full-time benefits.]
  3. Change in overtime pay rules that will cost officers cash angers Scottsdale police union, The Arizona Republic via therepublic.com
    PHOENIX, Ariz. - ..The new rules mean all city workers won't be paid overtime until after they actually work 40 hours in a workweek. That means if an employee had a vacation day scheduled during a work week but is called for an extra shift, they won't be paid overtime... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Welcome to the world of common sense and reality for a bunch of Scottsdale divas. Evidently there are still plenty of unions trying to expand the workweek, worsen the labor surplus and further disempower employees (and themselves), and that's why American unions are down from over 35% to less than 13% of the nation's workforce. They just don't understand the meaning of OVERtime and keep trying to make it chronic. Here are some Canucks debating this issue -]
  4. Information transfer a challenge at teaching hospitals - New training system works: program head, MontrealGazette.com
    [Information transfer? A basic part of the most important management skill of the future = managing shorter shifts. Let's wake up and get with it.]
    MONTREAL, Québec - ..Paul Brunet, president of the Council for the Protection of Patients, said medical professionals should not be asked to be on duty for 24 hours. "If we are going to ask for more humanity for patients, we have to support more humanity for doctors, too."
    .. - see whole article under today's date.
    [So it's Welcome to the world of common sense and reality for yet another group of divas. U.S. and Canada aren't the only places working on this -]
  5. New rules unveiled to improve working conditions for nurses, (6/01 over dateline) CNA via Focus Taiwan News Channel via focustaiwan.tw
    TAIPEI, Taiwan - ..Nursing staff in hospitals across the city will not work more than 10 hours per day under the new rules, which will go into effect in June 2012. Total on-duty hours will not be longer than 230 hours per month, said the department... One conclusion that came out of the meeting was that nurses' on-call hours would be included in the working hours limit... - see whole article under today's date.
    [This is a real welcome to common sense for an under-appreciated but over-exploited profession, nursing. And here are some shorter hours in response to tragedy -]
  6. Businesses devise innovative ways to conserve electricity this summer, Asahi Shimbun via asahi.com
    [Necessary due to the tsunami and tsunami-nuked nukes. Nuclear power = The Insane Energy Source: "Our Pollution Lasts Longer!" (30,000 years) - is now being abandoned by all intelligent nations, starting with Switzerland and Germany.]
    TOKYO, Japan - Consumer incentives, shorter working hours and a program that turns off unused appliances are some of the additional energy-conservation measures that companies are taking to cope with possible power shortages in the summer.. - 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. There's a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Deal With a Jobs Crisis -- Why Is Germany Doing It So Well? by CEPR's John Schmidt, 5/30 AlterNet.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..The German system gives employers many incentives to cut hours instead of workers. The most obvious is their "short-time work" system, which pays partial unemployment benefits to workers who have their hours reduced. German workers who lose one day of work per week are entitled to receive unemployment benefits equal to one-fifth of the usual weekly unemployment check... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Is it time for the US to initiate the 32-hour work week? 5/30 China.org.cn
    SALISBURY, Maryld. - It was not that long ago that a 60-hour work week was considered standard in the U.S. The evolution to a 40-hour work week came about because of changes in the way Americans lived and earned their livelihood. Over the past few years, the global financial crisis and other major events have challenged us to rethink the length of the U.S. work week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Count Some Cars This Summer, It's Free - Plan your kids’ summer with these two words in mind – slow down, 5/30 Patch.com
    PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - ..Technology was supposed to give us a shorter workweek and lots more leisure time. Is it doing that for you and your kids? Wrap your free time around that! - see whole article under today's date.
  4. For some Alabama tornado victims, red tape adds to misery, 5/29 The Birmingham News via blog.al.com
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. - ..The county's 17 inspectors -- four electrical inspectors, six for buildings and seven for plumbing and gas -- are busy because their hours have been rolled back in a county cost-saving effort to 32 hours a week, Thomas said.".. - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. We need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite willingness to PAY for it and infinite consumer spending money during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires. It also 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, May 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 -

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

  • Easing out the gray-haired. Or not. Some older workers, pressured to retire, fight back...
    [More often we hear of people who can't afford to retire, which may be the subtext here.]
    - Mandatory retirement policies are being challenged, New York Times, B1, B7.
    [Good! Adjusting the workweek is a much more powerful and effective worksharing technique than adjusting people's worklife by jerking mandatory retirement age back and forth. And adjusting the workweek wastes a lot less skill and talent than mandatory retirement too!]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Leaders of the Group of 8 wealthiest industrialized nations pledged to send billions of dollars in new aid to Egypt and Tunisia, hoping to support the transition to democracy in the region, Boston Globe, A1 pointer to A3.
    [Why is the Prime Directive of Star Trek coming to mind? = DO NOT INTERFERE. Maybe because none of these 8 big clowns are talking about the underlying purpose of democracy: to facilitate the important kind of feedback, negative = the kind that points to necessary change, close kin to "speaking truth to power" and "whistle-blowing." And none of the 8 have much of a track record along these lines to serve as an example to Egypt or Tunisia. And they're all having debt problems. And "charity begins at home." And only one evolutionary stage in advance can be of help to a more "primitive" society - more than that and you wind up doing more harm than good, except for your own military-industrial complex, ever hungry for sales...]
  • World leaders' optimism on economy lifts shares, NY Times, B7.
    [Why would it? - they're just cheerleaders. Oh, we forgot - cuz investors have siphoned, funneled and de-circulated so much of the money supply - giving us stock markets with no fundamentals - there's no alternative but chatting up and pyramiding shares.]
  • Higher prices eat into consumer spending gains, NYT, B7.
    [And the 'gains' were lame in the first place.]
    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. Bill to extend work hours for teens unfair, indecent, Morning Sentinel via onlinesentinel.com
    AUGUSTA, Maine - The newspaper's editorial backing LD 516, a bill to allow employers to extend work hours for teenagers, got it all wrong. There's nothing new about bosses trying to squeeze profits from underpaid workers. Millions of adult Americans work full time for poverty wages. Read Barbara Ehrenreich's, classic "Nickel and Dimed"... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Internship remains a very public matter, TheNational.ae
    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - .."Even though the work in the private sector can be more interesting, I know that in the public sector there are shorter hours, more holidays and higher salaries, and the jobs are secure. I want my internship to lead me to that kind of job... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. 6-hour duty for public school teachers proposed, Manila Sun.Star via sunstar.com.ph
    MANILA, Philippines - ..Senator Manny Villar filed Senate Bill 2454, providing a six-hour workday for public school teachers and exempting them from compliance with the regular eight-hour duty. Besides higher pay, teachers have been clamoring for shorter working hours, since their current work schedule allegedly leaves them stressed out and exhausted, the senator said. Cutting the number of working hours will allow the country's half a million teachers to have more time to innovate and enhance classroom teaching... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Vicar blasts cuts as 'daft', Slough and Windsor Observer via sloughobserver.co.uk
    SLOUGH, England - Controversial plans to cut hours at a popular after-school club for teenagers have been blasted as 'utterly daft' by a vicar. And the clergyman fears young people will end up back on the streets causing trouble if their services are cut... "Anything that cuts prevention is bizarre; it is utterly daft. You can't quantify the knock-on effects.".. - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. We need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite willingness to PAY for it and infinite consumer spending money during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires. It also 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) -
  • Germany likely to close seven nuclear plants, NYT, B2.
    [Compare yesterday's less strategic good news, "Switzerland drops plans to build three nuclear reactors."]



    Friday, May 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 -

    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' -

  • Skyworks Solutions to buy a fellow chip maker [Advanced Analogic Technologies for $262.5m],
    Boston Globe, B6.
  • Hospital tells state of planned sale, BG, B6.
    Morton Hospital & Medical Ctr in Taunton..filed notice with the Mass. AG's office of its plan to be bought by Boston's Steward Health Care System LLC...which would convert a nonprofit hospital to for-profit status...

    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -
  • Heinz raises divident as it cuts [as many as 1,000 worldwide] jobs, BG, B6.
    ..The quarterly dividend will increase 6.7% to 48c a share...
    [So, 3% workforce cut (1,000 of its 33,333 jobs) as Heinz downsizes its own best customers and their dependent consumers instead of just trimming 3% of its workweek worldwide (less than 15 minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing any overtime profits in overtime-targeted training & hiring, & keeping everyone together working, earning & buying 97% as much ketchup as before.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Global economies struggle to expand, Boston Globe, B7.
    [While still merging and downsizing? Dream on.]
  • More are seeking unemployment aid, BG, B7.
    ..number seeking benefits rose by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 424,000...above the 375,000 [where'd they get this figure?!] that is consistent with sustainable job growth. Applications peaked at 659,000 during the recession... So far this year, the economy has been generating jobs at a healthy pace. Businesses have added a net total of more than 250,000 per month in the past three months, the fastest..in five years...
    [A "healthy pace" when it takes 300,000 per month just to offset layoffs and keep up with population growth? "Not bloody likely." And as always -]
  • Economic news takes a back seat to profits, BG, B8.
    [The wealthy think they're in touch with reality. What do you think?]
  • Many struggling amid recovery - 'Imbalances' persist as state [Massachusetts, unemployment 7.4%] outpaces US [9.0%], BG, B5.
    ..April unemployment [Mass. town by town]...
    Cambridge 4.4%, Waltham 5.4%, Boston 6.6%...
    Springfield 11.6%, Fall River 15.3%, Lawrence 16.3%
    [We think the quotes should go around 'recovery' and not imbalances.]
    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. Northeast Ohio's wet spring is more than unpleasant, it's costly for farmers, others, Plain Dealer via blog.cleveland.com
    CLEVELAND, Ohio - .."In winter or . . . spring, working 24 to 32 hours a week is typical," Joyce said, "but this spring, our workers are really suffering through some pretty dismal paychecks... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Honda back to full UK production levels by September, The Manchester Guardian via guardian.co.uk
    SWINDON, U.K. - Honda's Swindon factory has been working a two-day week... Flexible working hours arrangements mean pay for the 3,000 staff had been maintained, said the company. Similar moves were seen at Toyota... - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. We need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite willingness to PAY for it and infinite consumer spending money during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires. It also 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) -
  • Switzerland drops plans to build three nuclear reactors, NY Times, B1 pointer to B4.
    The Swiss cabinet called for the country to phase out its nuclear reactors in the wake of the accident in Japan, WSJ, A1 pointer to A13.
    [So at least there's one country that's capable of learning from the mistakes of others.]



    Thursday, May 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 -

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

  • Hasbro moving 70 jobs out of [Longmeadow Mass. to Pawtucket R.I.], AP via BG, B6.
    ..and laying off another 75 Massachusetts-based workers in a reorganization of its gaming division... Hasbro is receiving up to $1.6 million in tax breaks from Rhode Island to add nearly 300 jobs in the state over the next three years. Before the announcement, Hasbro employed 1,400 in Rhode Island and 895 in Massachusetts.

    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 -
  • Hasbro moving 70 jobs out of [Longmeadow Mass. to Pawtucket R.I.], AP via BG, B6.
    ..and laying off another 75 Massachusetts-based workers in a reorganization of its gaming division...
    Hasbro is receiving up to $1.6 million in tax breaks from Rhode Island to add nearly 300 jobs..over the next three years...
    [Has R.I. got any accountability built into this forced-on-taxpayers charity to the rich? Hasbro needs to quit ripping off taxpayers and playing one state off against another and get back to its corporate mission of making toys. Till then, for our own survival, we'd better boycott Hasbro and the whole culture of corporate socialism it has sunk into. Do our business schools actually teach this dumb parasitism dressed up as capitalism? R.I. legislators need to quit the corrupt favoritism and extra burdening of other companies and individual taxpayers in the strain to create more 40-hour jobs and just cut the state workweek as much as it takes to achieve full employment and markets, as 20 other states are beginning to do with worksharing programs.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • U.S. falls behind in stock listings, WSJ, A1.
  • Vital signs - An indicator [of] companies' capital-spending plans declined last month. Orders for nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft fell to $63.9 billion in April from $65.6 billion in March..., WSJ, A1.
  • Gold is reaching toward May peak, WSJ, C14.
  • Massive Massachusetts mortgage fraud case ends - 12th defendant gets 7-month sentence - US says ring left foreclosures in wake, by Jenifer McKim, BG, B5.
    ..The 2005 conspiracy..resulted in about $10.6 million in fraudulent mortgage proceeds [and] involved inflated purchase prices, "straw buyers," and phony documentation that defrauded 10 mortgage lenders and led to a swath of abandoned and foreclosed homes in South Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Quincy, Hyde Park, and Cohasset...
    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. Mayor Greg Fischer's $502 million budget helps libraries, includes furloughs, Louisville Courier-Journal via courier-journal.com
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - ..That cost-cutting includes instituting a hiring freeze, not providing a raise for non-union employees, requiring a one-week furlough for employees making more than $70,000 a year, and asking for a voluntary furlough day from those making less than $70,000... Fischer also is asking unionized employees to voluntarily take at least one furlough day, or more if they want... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Unions - a nuisance to CEOs in the short run, vital to CEOs in the long run if they want any recognizable level of economic activity around them.]
  2. Halton Hospital rejected Unison safety claims over digital secretaries, RuncornAndWidnesWeeklyNews.co.uk
    LIVERPOOL, England - ..Last week the Runcorn Weekly News reported that 150 medical secretaries at Halton and Warrington Hospitals are facing pay cuts, shorter hours and redundancies. Public sector union Unison called the proposals a 'dangerous cost-cutting exercise,' Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust said it is looking at using electronic transcription, digital dictation and electronic reporting instead of secretaries... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Same pay for shorter hours must always be practiced in response to technological worksavings to avoid collapsing the economy for lack of markets for the same or greater amount of services and products. This is a BGO (blinding glimpse of the obvious) that seems to have penetrated the thick skulls of only a minority of CEOs, such as Lord Leverhulme (Lever Bros.), the Lincoln Bros. (Lincoln Electric), Edward Filene (Filene's Basement)... This is the "Ford-Reuther Paradox": Henry Ford, "Let's see you unionize these robots!" - Walter Reuther, "Let's see you sell them cars." This is our biggest economic problem today = CEOs grabbing the temporary money-savings from employees-consumers-theirownmarkets and decirculating that money in their own hugely overstuffed pockets to an extent where they can no longer find solid investments to store it in.]
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. We need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite willingness to PAY for it and infinite consumer spending money during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires. It also 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) -
  • Switzerland drops plans to build three nuclear reactors, NY Times, B1 pointer to B4.
    The Swiss cabinet called for the country to phase out its nuclear reactors in the wake of the accident in Japan, WSJ, A1 pointer to A13.
    [So at least there's one country that's capable of learning from the mistakes of others.]



    Wednesday, May 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 -
    - just seven more months till Christmas -

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

  • Gates urged Iraq to host U.S. troops beyond the end of the year to maintain stability and keep Iran at bay, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to A13.
    [O-o-oh yeah, to maintain stability in the USA without thousands more unemployed, depressed, trained killers returning home, and keep undisguisable US unemployment at bay... so by all means, keep this war of choice going on and on... = the self-proclaimed conservatives' makework campaign.]

    PRISONS & CRIME in the news (archives) -
  • In Lawrence MA, a blue line stretched thin - Friday night patrols shed light on steep challenges as cash-strapped city fights crime with fewer officers, Boston Globe, A1.
    [Funny, just yesterday the NY Times was puzzling about a big drop in crime -]
    Big crime drop over recession baffles experts, 5/24 NYT, A1.
    [Budget-cut, smaller governments at all levels mean downsized policing - and record-keeping. It's a different America now the wealthy have slashed and grabbed and cut and run - and it ain't different-better.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Stocks registered a third consecutive day of losses, with the DJIA losing 25.05 points, or 0.2%, to 12356.21, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to C5.
  • The Commodity Futures Trading Commission alleged two traders and their firms operated an international plot to manipulate prices during the 2008 oil-market frenzy, WSJ, A1 pointer to C1.
    [Wow, another conspiracy theory, except this time the usually dismissed conspiracy theorists are the CFT Commissioners and it's front-page in the Wall Street Journal - which is carefully avoiding the word "conspiracy."]
  • Don't blame labor for our declining standard of living, letter to editor by Louise Johnson of Jamaica Plain, Boston Globe, A12 (nice catch, Kate!).
    [like John Sununu in "The union fight is just beginning," op ed, 5/16 BG, A11, but then Sununu doesn't really giveadamn about the general public's declining standard of living. But insofar as half the labor movement lost focus on their birthright power-issue = shorter hours, and settled for a mess of pottage = higher pay and bennies, we CAN blame labor - they sidelined themselves in social progress and declined from over 35% of the workforce to less than 13% = their own damn fault.]
    ..The sad truth is that most union members only get what were once considered reasonable salaries and benefits. It is our expectations that have changed. We have come to believe that having two jobs totaling 50 or 60 hours a week, wages that can be cut at a moment's notice, a pension that we must manage ourselves and is subject to the stock market's ups and downs [and leveraged buyout wipeout], and health insurance with a $1,000 deductible is the best we can do as a country.
    We berate anyone who has managed to hang onto a few benefits from a bygone era as if they were causing this budget disaster.
    [In the case of John Sununu's berating of the unions, it's more a matter of another richboy distracting attention from his buds' grossly dysfunctional concentration of the money supply and all the bizarre benefits that he and they are Surely Entitled To ("Top colleges largely for the elite," NYT, A1), while claiming that it's in the "broader public interest" to continue the race to the bottom - for everyone else (but then, inevitably, themselves, when the markets supporting their investments peter out one by one).]
    Meanwhile we stick our heads in the sand when oil companies post record profits, the Bushes of the world get tax breaks, and we have major wars going on that cost hundreds of millions of dollars a day.
    [If these wars of choice were really major, there might be some justification for the deepening megadebt, but they are merely to give oil companies more "free" market control, and the Bush-Sununu arms investments more hundreds of millions of guaranteed markets.]
  • Public schools charging kids for basics..,
    WSJ, A1 [dateline Medina, Ohio].
  • Create a summer job for a Boston teenager, op ed by [Mayor] Menino & Private Industry Council Chair] Gottlieb, BG, A15.
    [Wake up, boys - you've created a different America by supporting downsizing instead of worksharing & timesizing and a competition for lower standards instead of higher standards, and why should teenagers find jobs when thousands of adult heads of families can't? And here's another answer on the previous page -]
    Editorial cartoon, by Wasserman, BG, A14.
    4 frames: (1) "It's tough out there..." [says a college dean addressing graduates]
    2) "...but if you take your education and apply yourselves..."
    3) "...you will eventually succeed in finding..."
    4) "...an unpaid internship!"
  • Hearing over a consumer bureau [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] descends into sharp accusations, NYT, B1.
    [Forward thinking Republicans are already trying to discredit Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats' most attractive potential candidates against Mass. Republican senator Scott Brown, a big beneficiary of Massachusetts' majority of Diebold voting locations (and we thought Massachusetts was smarter...).]
    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. Back to Work: How to Find The Best Flexible Jobs, online.wsj.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ..Aurora, Colo.-based company "10 to 2" puts part-time professionals on its payroll and places them in jobs requiring 30 hours a week or less, typically in finance, marketing, project management and sales... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. 'Doomsday' for library: Committee recommends budget that contains cuts, JacksonSun.com
    MADISON COUNTY, Wisc.—The Madison County Budget Committee tentatively approved a 2011-12 budget for the Jackson-Madison County library system on Tuesday that the library board labeled as its "doomsday" budget. The budget will require the library system to cut hours, cut a position and reduce a planned pay increase because it leaves the library with less operating revenue, according to the library board... - see whole article under today's date.
    [We get tons of hourscut stories about libraries, probably cuz they're less online-intimidated and get more media sympathy than anything when "it will affect the community." Today's others -]
    Library chiefs doubt big savings by merging, The Flint Journal MI via MLive.com
    GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. - ..GDL [Genesee District Library] cut hours at 13 branch libraries in 2009 and 2010...
    Ossining library cuts hours after budget defeat, The Journal News via LoHud.com
    WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - ..In order to make up for the more than $700,000 shortfall, the library will cut its weekly operating schedule by 14 hours, Farrell said. Part-time staffing hours will likely be reduced by a minimum of 20% and may require some layoffs, Farrell said. There are about 40 part-time library staffers, and cutting hours would result in a $448,000 savings in salaries and benefits, officials said...
    [On the other hand, we're getting even more furlough stories, and it's uncanny but while libraries do hours cuts, furloughs are favored by school districts, and state & local governments. Police depts. seem to swing both ways.]
  3. China urges greater attention to safety at iPad factory, Reuters.com
    CHENGDU, China - ..A string of worker suicides at its sprawling plants shone a harsh spotlight on what critics dubbed a militaristic culture pushing its workers to the brink to meet a flood of unceasing global orders for Apple's slick new generations of devices. Since then, Foxconn -- which many experts say is the only viable partner for Apple, given the vast economies of scale stemming from its string of gargantuan factories employing well over a million workers -- has raised pay, cut working hours and promised a better work-life balance for its employees. - see whole article under today's date.
    Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. We need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. The argument that work is infinite because human desires are infinite ignores the absence of infinite willingness to PAY for it and infinite consumer spending money during a labor surplus to satisfy those desires. It also 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, May 24, 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 -

    A DELUGE OF DISABILITY & "disability" in the news (archives) - so-o-o unnecessary with the shorter workweeks of the timesizing program -

  • SSI program is flawed, chief says - Wants $10m study of disability system, by Patricia Wen, Boston Globe, A1.
    The commissioner of the Social Security Administration..Michael Astrue, said that such a study..could provide a..scientific basis for changing..the children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which can be overhauled only by congressional decree..\.. His agency oversees.\.the $10 billion children's disability program... [Yet another plank in America's coffin. What's wrong with this picture? Let us count the ways.
    "Disabled" from what? A job? Jobs are for adults. What are children doing in this category? This is like tossing kids into adult prisons. Why are non-orphan children being targeted instead of just the family = their parent(s)? If this is about chronic care, why isn't it under Medicaid-Medicare? And why would a study cost $10m when the problems have already been identified by the Boston Globe? -]
    Astrue's comments come after last December's Globe series [after a 3-year-old girl died of a multidrug - anti-psychotic&bipolar, at 3 years old??? - overdose] detailing troubling incentives within this program, including children being placed on psychotropic drugs to try to boost eligibility...
    [Colleague Kate says this is just a scam on the part of the big pharmaceutical companies to sell drugs at huge taxpayer expense by educating parents to get children labeled "disabled" = yet another dose of the massive corporate socialism that is destroying the once-great USA while CEOs distract us with bread&circuses like killing Bin Laden. This scam is yet another instance of how America is being parasitized from the top by its hypocritical and increasingly lethal CEOs. Clearly the children's parents are in charge of the kids anyway, making this yet another desperate attempt of poor Americans to make up for the fact that by downsizing instead of timesizing, CEOs have made it harder and harder for people to support themselves in America, so people have been vulnerable to these scams of the super-rich that get others (taxpayers) to support them (with lavish percentages to the super-rich for mere status marking). We need to stepbystep backward and unsetup this bizarre program and all the other siphons that these monstrous "leaders of industry" have set up in their constant nationalizing&spreading of costs and privatizing&funneling of profits. And we need to switch to emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing as soon as possible and stop growing the underlying population problem by moving to steady-state im/exports-im/emigrants-births/deaths as soon as possible thereafter - or maybe first?!]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Europe's debt concerns send indexes reeling, Boston Globe, B11.
    Stocks retreated,
    ..the S&P500 see[s] its biggest drop in 2 mons.
    ..commodities slumped
    ..Europe's debt crisis [nevermind our $1.3 trillion hole] is worsening
    ..the global economic rebound is slowing [what rebound? try '3D'=diagonally downward deathspiral until we quit downsizing]
  • Report says stimulus funds benefited tax delinquents, by Jim Abrams, BG, B9.
    [Corporate socialism rampant -]
    Washington - Thousands of companies that cashed in on Pres. Obama's economic stimulus package owed the government millions in unpaid taxes, congressional investigators have found. The Gov't Accountability Office [GAO], in a report being released today, said at least 3,700 government contractors and nonprofit organizations that received more than $24 billion owed $757 million in back taxes as of Sept.30, 2009. The report said the tax delinquents accounted for nearly 6% of the 63,000 contractors and grantees examined and cautioned that the real number might be higher. An engineering company that received a $100,000 stimulus act contract owed $6,000,000 in taxes...
    [Let's have a couple of choruses of "There's never been a time as f*cked up as this" by *Katie Goodman. The U.S. is sooo over. And speaking of parasitic conflict-of-interest -]
  • Firms advise Obama as they invest abroad, by Mike Dorning, BG, B9.
    Seven publicly traded US corporations represented on Pres.Obama's advisory council for jobs and competitiveness, including General Electric and Intel, have devoted a growing pool of their non-US earnings to investments in other countries..according to data compiled by Bloomberg..\.. As a group, MNCs with current of former CEOs on Obama's JOBS COUNCIL??! [our caps & exclams] have, over the past 4 years, almost doubled the cumulative amounts they have reinvested overseas... By doing so, companies may be able to take advantage of faster-growing markets or lower production costs, and they can defer US income taxes on profits from overseas sales. ..They are..Investing money elsewhere that could be helping the US economy, said former US Labor Secy Robert Reich...
    [So Bam is getting advised by by a bunch of America-flushers on how to downflush America faster? How many total of these dinosaur mosquitoes have their gigantic siphons into their own consumer base via the taxpayer? Time for something "lighter" -]
  • Auto insurers overcharge businesses, AG [Martha Coakley of Mass.] says - Lost jobs, $1B cost over six years cited, by Erin Ailworth, BG, B7.
    ..on the average of $150 million a year. ..Between 2004 and 2010..commercial auto insurance rates in Massachusetts \for\ manufacturers, trucking companies and other businesses that own vehicles..were significantly higher than necessary, putting a damper on economic activity and costing the state about 3,000 jobs annually...
  • Billboard targets gun violence with a somber new message, by Michael Levenson, Boston Globe, B1.
    ..The new look for the 250-by-20-foot billboard along the Massachusetts Turnpike near Fenway Park will feature a digital counter displaying the number of American children and teenagers killed by guns daily... 200,000 commuters see the billboard every day...
    [This huge gun-protest billboard was originally in response to an admittedly kinda obscene, huge gunstore billboard along the Mass Pike. So how far is this billboard war gonna hafta go before we revolt and pass limits on the size and number of signs along the Mass Pike?]
    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. Working for Less - At Well-Paying Law Firms, a Low-Paid Corner, by Catherine Rampell, NYT, A1.
    WHEELING, W.Va. — ..Besides making less, these associates work fewer hours and travel less than those on the grueling partner track, making these jobs more family-friendly... “I’m not killing myself to be hitting specific numbers of billable hours in any given year,” said Ms. Boylan Clark, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Merkel Ally Favors Cut in Labor Market Subsidy, Bild Reports, Bloomberg.com
    BERLIN, Deutschland - ..The FDP wants to reduce the so-called short-time work [Kurzarbeit] facility that’s available to companies to six months from 12 months, the newspaper said, citing lawmaker Johannes Vogel.
    The instrument allows companies to keep workers on call until sales pick up, paying their wages and social security contributions with the help of Federal Labor Agency aid
    . - see whole article under today's date.
    [How about just switching funding to a tax on overtime with an exemption for OT-targeted training & hiring = sustainable Timesizing.]
    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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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-moon days, May 22-23, 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 -

    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' -

  • Labelux a-greed to buy shoe maker Jimmy Choo [for ca.$800m], 5/23 Wall Street Journal. A1 pointer to B1.
    - the latest in a flurry of deals seen in the luxury goods industry as the sector rebounds.
    [though its 'downturn' is never as serious as the rest of the economy.]

    vanishing RETIREMENT in the news (archives) - no problem with short-time full employment via timesizing -
  • Don't gamble with employees' savings, letter to editor by Sarah Alden of Middleborough MA, Boston Sunday Globe, G2.
    Robert Reynolds of Fidelity wants to further tie retirement money to our national gambling shrine, Wall Street ("Reynolds is outspoken advocate for overhaul of US retirement system," Money & Careers section, May 15). Recalling the example set by Enron, who, given a choice, would have an employer gambling away what would otherwise be their savings?
    The projected solvency of Social Security is tied to job creation, stability, and full employment over the long term, a fact which the Wall Street and K Street Gangs never seem to reference as they vie for more control of our earnings and ply fear with their clanging vocalizations about the "debt."
    We are living in regressive and increasingly feudal financial times. Let's put Wall Street and its fellows on notice. An alternate economy not based on gambling, but upon real products with real quality control in a market with real competition might help. We can begin this process by redirecting financial streams back into the hands of our fellow citizens, not just the already rich.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Stocks fall along with consumer demand, 5/22 Boston Sunday Globe, G6.
    Stocks closed lower for a third straight week on signs that consumer demand may be weakening. Gap Inc. fell after cutting its forecast. That was a worrying sign for investors who are looking to shoppers to lead a recovery in spending...
    [Shoppers need jobs (so a "jobless recovery" is no recovery) and the only job-creation strategies with no adverse effects in the age of robotics are immediate worksharing funded from unemployment insurance and longterm-sustainable timesizing funded by taxing overtime profits with an exemption for OT-targeted training and hiring.]
  • Poll shows more feeling strain of high gas prices, Boston Sunday Globe, G2.
    [But still cheap considering it's non-renewable...]
  • Employers may take a dim view of moonlighting, Boston Sunday Globe, G3.
    [Employees may take a dim view of downsizing staff and pay and consumer spending and marketable productivity and sustainable investing. But that won't change until employees get smart enough to concentrate on their power lever and engineer a shortage of ... themselves - by enforcing the standard workweek as a maximum instead of a minimum and converting overtime into jobs and trimming the workweek as much as it takes to get that magic labor shortage without which capitalism changes back into feudalism.]
  • Vital signs - U.S. money-supply growth is accelerating, 5/23 WSJ, A1 graph caption.
    [- without meaning much because of the massive percentage funneling to and decirculating in the tiny population of the richest.]
    The latest weekly reading of M2 [partial gauge of money concentration] - a gauge of money supply that includes cash, bank deposits, and household money-market holdings - showed that it is up 5% from a year earlier. That's a much faster pace than last year, but despite the Federal Reserve's easier-money stance, it is still a bit lower than the historical average [when we were actually growing and not just printing money to funnel to the richest 0.01% of the population.]
    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. ‘Work hours increase’, 5/23 menmedia.co.uk
    [... IF you're still working at all.]
    LONDON, England - ..Its survey found that 70% of respondents were working more hours/week compared to 2010 and more than the average 31.8 hrs/wk. However, few are compensated for their extra effort, with 8% of respondents reporting that they received any overtime payment for additional hours worked and only 6% being given any time back in lieu... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. MPs want shorter working hours - Federal politicians struggling with parliament's extended sitting hours are demanding more moderate working hours, 5/23 Ninemsn.com.au
    CANBERRA, Australia - ..The agreement resulted in weekly sitting hours being extended by 7.5 hours, with the lower house now sitting about 40 hours over four days. An interim report looking at the impact of the parliamentary reforms says extended sitting hours could have "potential adverse effects" on MPs and their families. "Current sitting hours cannot be sustained," the report by the House of Representatives standing committee on procedure says... "I'm not sure it's ever politically wise to raise the issue of working hours as a member of parliament but ... it is not wise to be silent on this matter," she told the lower house on Monday... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Flexi work hours help women rise in corporates: Assocham poll, 5/22 Press Trust of India via Business Standard via businessstandard.com/india
    NEW DELHI, India - Women professionals are moving up in the corporate ranks, encouraged by the flexible working hours they are getting from their employers, a survey found. "Due to flexi working hours, childcare facilities at offices and options of working from home, women professionals are moving up corporate ranks and managing home as well with aplomb," an Assocham's survey said... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Flexing hours ain't the cutting of hours that's needed for sharing the vanishing work, but at least it's thawing the frozen pre-computer workweek.]
    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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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) -
  • Prophecy of rapture and doom [at 6pm yesterday] fizzles [except for Joplin MO], and life in Boston goes on, Boston Sunday Globe, B9.
    [Hey, it's May 22 and we're still here! In the immortal words of the 1960s British comedy review "Beyond the Fringe" -
    "It was GMT, wasn't it?..
    Well, it's not quite the conflagration I'd been banking on.
    Never mind, lads, same time tomorrow ...
    We must get a winner one day."]



    Saturn's day, May 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 -

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

  • Markets stumble on Greek debt worries, Boston Globe, B7.
    The Dow industrials fell for the third consecutive week, off 2.3% during that period and its longest losing streak since last August, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to B5.
  • Netanyahu rebuked Obama, saying Israel wouldn't accept the terms of his proposal to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, WSJ, A1 pointer to A3.
    [High time we distance from what's become a nasty little pitbull of a country: cut off the huge yearly subsidies to our own military industrial complex dba "aid to Israel," and give Israeli voters a reason to "net a yahoo." Today's Unholy Land needs a lesson in "He who pays the piper calls the tune."]
    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. The three-day weekend: a dream deferred, Toronto Globe & Mail via TheGlobeAndMail.com
    TORONTO, Ont., Canada - ..So here's the real question du jour: Why aren't there more of them? What's so sacred about the five-day workweek, a regimen set in place in North America seven decades ago that has been virtually immoveable since (unlike in many European countries)? In an age of high-tech efficiency and higher productivity, why isn't the working world organized to provide us with more leisure time? The benefits – social, economic, ecological – would be legion... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It won't happen until we quit whining and start putting "economic" first in the list and demonstrating the advantages for CEOs to CEOs.]
  2. Who wouldn't buy tickets from Hue? San Francisco Chronicle (blog) via sfgate.com
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - ..Called "The 2011 Plan," the Raiders' incentive program is creative and runs counter to the NFL trend -- one-third of the teams in the league have reduced costs with salary cuts or furloughs... The Cardinals, meanwhile, are invoking a one-week forced furlough for all non-contracted employees starting Sunday after midnight. They won't be allowed to attend the team's training facility or check email... - see whole article under today's date.
    [= timesizing, not downsizing!]
  3. Budget planners endorse one-day furlough throughout Palm Beach County schools, PalmBeachPost.com
    PALM BEACH, Fla. - ..Bus drivers and employees on a 180 duty-day contract would not be affected by the furloughs, as they only work when students are in school. Teachers would take their furlough on a teacher planning/non-teaching day... Committee member Brian Crowley expressed concern over the use of non-recurring funds and fixes to plug this year's budget gap, including the use of furloughs... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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.



    Friy's day, May 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 -

    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' -

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific to acquire Phadia AB - Company to pay $3.5B for diagnostics firm, Boston Globe, B5.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • "Capitalists" [our quotes] who fear free markets, by Floyd Norris, NY Times, B1.
    Capitalism is supposed to produce losses on bad investments. But all too often it has not. In Tokyo this week, corporate executives were outraged when a Japanese government official suggested that banks might have to take losses on loans to the company that produced a nuclear catastrophe...
    [Nevermind the Wimps of Wall Street who can't take their medicine and expect taxpayer bailouts every 10-20 years.]
  • Sales of existing homes slip in April, Boston Globe, B7.
  • Life insurers may owe $1B in unpaid benefits, Boston Globe, B7.
  • Region [central & eastern Europe] faces long haul from recession, Financial Times, SPEC REP 1.
  • Quake dents Japan's economic performance -..World's third largest economy, Financial Times, p.1.
    [Third after US and China - hmmm, when an overpopulated third-world ecological disaster with over 20% unemployment (over 200 million people) can be second-largest, kinda makes you wonder about the status of the US and where the rest of the GDP maximizers are headed - not to mention the value of the GDP measure itself...]
  • Make my bed? But you say the world's ending, NY Times, A1.
    [Suggested answer for parents: It's ending tomorrow and you'll want to have a nicely made bed to sleep in tonight so you'll be well rested for The Rapture.]
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  1. A novel solution to unemployment: "Work-sharing", CNN (blog) via globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com
    [Novel only since 1940. Before that, cutting the workweek and sharing the vanishing work was business as usual.]
    LONDON, Great Britain - ..But let’s..ponder what a civilized solution to the problem of technology-driven unemployment would look like. The answer, surely, is work-sharing... Work-sharing schemes, in many different forms, are becoming the norm in Holland and Denmark, and have made inroads in France and Germany...
    [More than inroads in Germany, which breezed through the last downturn with Kurz-arbeit, their word for worksharing.]
    Danish unions have managed to...reduce the working hours of entire company workforces, and thus increase the number of permanent jobs... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Short time working continues at Honda, StockMarketWire.com
    SWINDON, U.K. - ..Workers at Honda's car plant in Swindon are to continue on a two day week throughout June and July. Production at the Honda plant was halved during April because of a shortage of parts caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami earlier in the 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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.



    Thor's day, May 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 -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
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    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -

  • Small U.S. companies finally join the recovery, Montreal Gazette, A1.
    [A Wall Street "recovery" is not a recovery. A jobless "recovery" is not a recovery. There are still zip fundamentals for a real recovery - just another investment bubble.]
  • [Canada -] Economy faces crisis on aging: budget chief [Kevin Page], Ottawa Citizen, A1.
    [Not really. All that's required is a little "outside the box" thinking. Abolish mandatory retirement at any arbitrary age. Abolish the frozen pre-computer (1940) 40-hour workweek and let the national maximum workweek "float" down to as few hours as it takes to employ and fund all potential consumer-spenders. Start automatically converting overtime into training and hiring. In the Robotics Age, we can't afford to go on wasting 15-25% of our potential consumers in unemployment and its Family of Pathos (welfare, disability, homelessness, prison, suicide and no-client self-employment).]
  • Copyright - China piracy [and counterfeiting of software & intellectual property] costs U.S. firms $48 billion, countless [2.1 million] jobs in 2009, report says, National Post, FP6.
    ..report from U.S. International Trade Commission...
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  1. You might need help some day, Record-Searchlight CA via redding.com
    REDDING, Calif. - ..Those who cannot find work, will instead be required to volunteer for work maintaining public facilities. No jumpsuit required. This must be done for 30 hours a week, with 20 hours a week spent applying for jobs of all income levels in the area... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Isn't it a bit of a clue that our standard workweek is too long for the age of automation when we can only dream up 30 hours of bogus work for the unemployed? And btw, 30 hours was the full-time workweek of the WPA and the CCC in the Great Depression before the last 75 years of worksaving technology.]
  2. How Germany retained jobs despite downturn — and what it means for us, The Upshot via news.yahoo.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ..Germany's government provided much weaker fiscal and monetary stimulus than America's did... German employers adjusted to the downturn by reducing workers' hours, instead of laying them off...... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Want smaller government? CUT THE WORKWEEK as much as it takes to get full employment and markets.]
    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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 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 -
    doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives)
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    - updating today from Room 209 of the Hôtel de la Gare, Boul.St.Joseph, 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' -

  • Roper Industries buys Northern Digital [for undisclosed $$], Ottawa Citizen, D3.


    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -
  • Abitibi-Bowater will reduce its troops - The unions fulminate [that managment] should again be reducing their work force, Le Droit de Gatineau-Ottawa, p.33.
    [Some observers are surprised there's any workforce left to reduce!]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Japanese car makers at risk of losing 200,000 U.S. sales \-..hurt by parts shortage\, Ottawa Citizen, D1 pointer to D3.
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  1. The family secret behind the economic boom, The Local via thelocal.de
    COLOGNE, Germany - ..At the same time, he made “massive” use of the federal government’s Kurzarbeit scheme, allowing him to reduce his employees’ work hours and in some cases their wages rather than laying them off. “I went to the guys and said, ‘We’ll go through it together and we are not laying anyone off,’” he said... That was just two years ago. Last year, Schütte’s sales rose 200%... Schütte is one of what author Hermann Simon, of the consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners, has famously called the “hidden champions”... Figures released earlier in the week showed that exports had reached €98.3 billion in March, the highest monthly figure since record-keeping began in 1950. Unemployment fell below 3 million for the first time in almost 19 years in late April... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Taking a bite out of schools … and our future, ChestnutHillLocal.com
    Philadelphia, Pa. - ..What will be cut? Locally...public schools in the city will see the end of all-day kindergarten, the elimination of transportation, a 50% reduction in gifted and talented programs and across-the-board reductions to staff, including police, nurses, music teachers and counselors... The reduction of Kindergarten alone will be devastating to many, as parents will be forced to pay more for after-school care and cut hours off of their work schedules. It’s also giving up valuable education time to children at what most experts believe is a critical age... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 17, 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' -

  • PerkinElmer [life sciences of Waltham MA] buys a Canadian firm [Labtronics e-notebooks for undisclosed $$], Boston Globe, B6.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 47.38 points, or 0.4%, to 12548.37 as technology and consumer sares weakened, WSJ, A1 pointer to C6.
    [Remember when stocks "rose steadily"? Now with no fundamentals, it's one stock bubble after another, pop-pop-pop.]
  • Banks' role [in billions in mortgage losses] gets new scrutiny - N.Y. [atty.gen. Eric Schneiderman's] focus may be risky home loans, Boston Globe, B6.
  • The Obama administration decided to suppress a new regulation aimed at cutting pollution from industrial boilers used at oil refineries and other plants, WSJ, A1 pointer to A3.
    [Bush II?]
  • Vital Signs - Japanese consumer attitudes continued to fray last month - ..Consumer confidence index fell to 33.4 in April, the lowest level in two years, from 38.3 in March, WSJ, A1.
    Readings under 50 indicate more people are downbeat than upbeat in the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, and the continuing nuclear [energy] crisis...
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  1. Layoffs, reduction of work hours announced at Westerly Hospital, TheDay.com
    WESTERLY, Conn. – Westerly Hospital announced this morning that it would lay off 29 staff members, reduce hours for 59 others and eliminate several open positions... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Presumably there'd have been a lot more3 layoffs without the hours reductions.]
  2. Las Vegas officials approve spending plan for new year, Las Vegas Review-Journal via lvrj.com
    LAS VEGAS, Nev. - ..Since 2008, when the city first started responding to the recession, Las Vegas has eliminated 615 positions, including 270 layoffs, initiated buyouts, cut hours and programs and negotiated labor concessions with employees to save money. No layoffs are planned in the next budget year, but another buyout program is scheduled... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Human resources: power to the people, Financial Times via ft.com
    LONDON, England -..In some countries, flexible working is well entrenched and backed by the state. The German government, for example, set aside €5.1bn ($2.2bn) in 2009 to support a Kurzarbeit or “short-time” working programme that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates saved almost 500,000 jobs. “The German system is geared to making reductions in staff difficult in bad times,” says Michael Dickmann, a professor in human resource management at Cranfield School of Management. KPMG introduced a version of Kurzarbeit in the UK in 2009. More than three-quarters of staff, including partners, volunteered to work a four-day week or take a sabbatical, saving the accountancy firm €4m ($6.6m) or the equivalent of 100 full-time jobs... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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., May 15-16, 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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  • Why the U.S. GDP number may be as bogus as a three-dollar bill, by Brian Milner, 5/16 Toronto Globe, B1.
    ...What if the number turns out be fake \and\ the GDP figure is essentially meaningless..? That’s the provocative question posed by renowned U.S. money manager Rob Arnott, who makes a convincing argument that what passes for growth in the U.S. and a bunch of other deficit-ridden economies is less than it seems... The chairman of California-based Research Affiliates is absolutely certain that next week's revised U.S. GDP number will be as bogus as a three-dollar bill. That's because it will not take into account how much of the U.S. growth stems from the government's deficit-spending binge. "Gross domestic product is used to measure a country's economic growth and standard of living. It measures neither," he says flatly. "GDP measures spending. It does not measure prosperity. Unfortunately, the finance community and global centres of power are wedded to a measure that bears little relation to reality."
    [In other words, they don't want bad news. They want to be fooled with "prozac indexes."]
    The problem, he argues, is that the GDP figure fed to the public does not distinguish between consumption that is covered by current income and that which is financed by deficit spending. He likens it to a family with too many credit cards. The more credit they use, the higher the “family GDP” climbs. But that expansion is unsustainable. Once they are forced to slice up their cards, their GDP must plunge... People would have a truer gauge of the economy’s performance if the government provided what he calls “structural” GDP, which does not include debt-financed consumption. Currently, per capita GDP in the U.S. is not far off an all-time high. But excluding deficit spending, the real number is 10% below the peak reached in 2007. Indeed, it has fallen back to levels not seen since 1998. “If structural GDP fails to grow as a consequence of our deficits, then deficit-spending has failed in its sole and singular purpose,” he says.
    “What we find is that this recession is horrific.” He would also isolate private-sector GDP by subtracting government spending (excluding transfers). Lo and behold, this measure is also back at its 1998 level.
    What his calculations show is an economy “bottom bouncing and showing no signs of recovery. All we’re doing is borrowing more and spending more. That’s the only GDP growth we’ve got... Which means now is a wonderful time to have a very defensive investment posture.”
  • Jobs - Recession a lasting hangover for young generation - How the downturn reversed the fortunes of the 'millenials,' who are twice as likely to be unemployed as older Canadians, 5/15 Ottawa Citizen, A1.
    [Actually, the downturn was just the latest down-arc in a diagonally downward spiral that started when the babyboomers began to enter the job markets in the late 1960s and replace the labor surplus and unemployment of the Great Depression. Wages plateaued and housewives entered the job markets to help out throughout the 1970s. Wages started sinking, downsizing flared and immigration quotas were raised in the 1980s. Wages sank lower and outsourcing began in the 1990s. It took two working parents to support the family in the 2000s. No one thought about cutting the workweek as deep as it might take to guarantee full employment and higher wages and enough consumer spending to purchase our own output, so when US financial corruption tanked them in 2008, Canada tanked too, especially with a US-loving PM who had wanted to deregulate Canadian banks (but Paul Martin blocked it) and funnel more money to the wealthy to create jobs - SHOW US THE JOBS or move toward timesizing. Get rid of the red tape strangling the Canadian worksharing program.]
  • A low bid for fixing a big mess [Indian hedgefund tycoon* going down for insider trading] - Why give banks an easy way out of the foreclosure fiasco?, by Getchen Morgensen, NY Times, Bu1.
    [A: cuz they contribute to your political campaign?] (*Raj Rajara-rat-nam)
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  1. Project expected to boost economy, 5/15 NewsChief.com
    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -..Like other consulting firms weathering the recession, Carter has had to cut work hours and expenses in the past few years. But the economic boost generated from the upcoming opening of Legoland and the development of The Landings has made a positive difference for Carter, who has a staff of six employees. "We've gone from a maintain workload staff to everyone working as hard as they can to accommodate," Carter said. "We've gone from an idle to full blast in the matter of a few months."... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Sex Assault Charge Slams France's Socialists, 5/15 FrumForum.com
    PARIS, France - ..That leaves Sarkozy with much less dangerous Socialist opponents: Martine Aubry, the daughter of Jacques Delors, ex-president of the European commission, secretary general of the party, and the politician who originated the 35 hour week; François Hollande, another socialist apparatchik with no particular charisma [SMEAR ALERT]; and Ségolène Royal who lost to Sarkozy before and lacks credibility... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Wage push counter-productive: business, 5/15 (5/16 over dateline) The Age via theage.com.au
    CANBERRA, Australia - At least 100,000 small businesses would reduce their employees' working hours if unions achieve a $28 a week increase in the minimum wage, a business lobby group says... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. BONUS excerpt - Leger: Scottsdale's problems are mere paper cuts, 5/16 Arizona Republic via azcentral.com
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - ..The Scottsdale City Council made major budget decisions last week. Among its choices was whether to close the Palomino branch library or cut hours at the other four branches so Palomino could remain open.
    [= downsizing or timesizing]
    It ultimately decided not to cut libraries at all, leaving citizens with five well-stocked branches...
    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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 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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  • U.S. - Geithner calls for higher debt limit, Ottawa Citizen, F1.
    [Some Treasury secretary - it's already $14,290,000,000,000 and we'll reach that on Monday!]
  • Health insurers profit as many postpone care - Earnings hit records - Patients cut spending, but premiums are still rising, NY Times, A1.
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  1. Labor movement supports needs of working families, Dailyrecord.com
    WHIPPANY, N.J. - ..Working families cannot speak for themselves in the face of low wages, cut hours or lack of benefits... - see whole article under today's date.
    [If unions had stuck to their power issue and kept cutting the hours defined as "full time," working families would be able to speak for themselves and they would have the "scarcity power" to be heard, instead of being powerless superfluities whom CEOs can safely ignore.]
  2. Customers aren't always right, Grimsby Telegraph via thisisgrimsby.co.uk
    GRIMSBY, U.K. - ..I know this is just not good enough but unfortunately this is out of the control of the [retail] assistant, as it seems the norm nowadays is to cut hours and work with fewer staff... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS excerpt - Germany, France led growth in eurozone, Ottawa Citizen, F1.
    [These are the two big economies with shorter workweeks - Kurz-arbeit (worksharing) and la plus courte semaine de travail officielle du monde (the shortest official workweek in the world) = coincidence or cause & effect? Shorter workweeks spread the finite or shrinking market-demanded employment and the spending power, instead of concentrating both and concentrating and decirculating the money supply - and worsening downturns.]
    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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 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)
    - 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 -

  • Uncertainty 'hurting' paper industry, Ottawa Citizen, E2.
    Canada's Domtar Corp., the largest North American maker of paper for printers and copiers,is hurt by uncertainty about the future of the U.S. Postal Service, which may run out of money in Sept...
  • U.S. retail sales post smallest rise in 6 months - Q2 momentum slows, National Post, FP6.
    [The closer you are to zero when you start going up again, the easier it is to show dramatic percentages of growth and dramatic growth rates. The further you get from the bottom, the tougher it is.]
    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. First Thoughts: What we learned this week, msnbc.com
    NEW JERSEY -..Food at home was up 3.9% last month - and that is the GOOD news. Wholesale food prices are up 6.8%; due to competition, grocery chains are eating the costs. How do they do that and still make a profit? They cut hours, and lay-off employees. Kind of explains the rise in new claims for unemployment... - see whole article under today's date.
    [There'd be more claims for unemployment if they didn't cut hours.
    There'd be NO claims for unemployment if we cut hours enough economywide to create a job for everyone, however short a workweek it takes, and pay would rise because there'd be no more 5000 resumes pouring in for every 5 job openings, each underbidding the other.]
  2. Library to have its opening hours cut, ThisIsSomerset.co.uk
    FROME, Somerset, U.K. - Frome Library will operate on reduced hours from October, Somerset County Council has announced. The library is one of 23 that the county council agreed to continue funding when it announced controversial cuts to the service. But now it has been revealed that it will be operating under shorter hours... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 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 -


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

  • Cisco said its profit fell 18% and it would cut more jobs, citing execution problems*, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to B1.
    [Unspecified jobcuts depend on how many accept a voluntary early retirement option.]
    *stiffer competition and management miscues...
    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • The Dow Industrials lost 130.33 points..., WSJ, A1 pointer to C1,C5.
  • The U.S. trade gap grew in March as higher oil prices overwhelmed export growth, WSJ, A1 pointer to A2.
  • Too big in Japan, Toyota struggles, WSJ, A1.
  • A stricken Japan ponders its new normal, NY Times, 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. Idaho Legal Aid to begin shuttering offices on some days to save money, DailyJournal.net
    BOISE, Idaho — Money woes are forcing a non-profit legal aid outfit that helps thousands of Idaho's poorest residents to begin shuttering its offices on selected days. Idaho Legal Aid Services, which has already cut hours of its staff and 21 attorneys, has a $250,000 hole in its $2.6 million annual budget. Its leaders say employees at nine offices will now take forced days off without pay starting on May 27. If that's not enough, layoffs could be in the offing, said deputy director James Cook... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So far, timesizing is preventing downsizing.]
  2. Palm Harbor tackles decreased tax base, Tampa Bay Newspapers via tbnweekly.com
    PALM HARBOR, Fla. -..The library has already reduced the number of hours it’s open during the week by 13 hours this year. The decreased hours have consolidated employee shifts, allowing for the entire staff to be on the floor when the library is open... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Komatsu eyes four-day workweek, 5/13 (over dateline) The Japan Times via search.japantimes.co.jp
    KANAZAWA, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan — The president of Komatsu Ltd. said Thursday the construction machinery maker is considering shifting to a four-day workweek at its headquarters in Tokyo to cope with anticipated power shortages this summer in the region... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 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 -

    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' -

  • Microsoft a-greed to buy Skype for $8.5 billion, heading off a planned IPO by the Internet-communications firm and keeping it away from Google and Facebook, Wall Street Journal, A1:1 pointer to A1:3, A2.
    Skype sniped, National Post, NP1 pointer to FP1.

    JOB- OR JOBLOSS-RELATED SUICIDE in the news (archives) -
  • Federal Court Orders Overhaul Of Mental Health Services For Veterans, by Scott Hensley, npr.org/blogs
    ..In other big health news, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Dept. of Veteran Affairs to overhaul how it handles mental health care for vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other serious conditions. The court noted that it takes, on average, more than four years for veterans to get a disability claim through the VA system. Each day, meanwhile, an average of 18 veterans commit suicide, the judges noted...
    WHAT HOMELAND SECURITY? - even at the highest levels - while we're still threatening people's livelihoods -
  • The Immigration Paradox - Americans say they want to give illegal immigrants a shot at citizenship, but their representatives aren't sure they mean it, by Ronald Brownstein, NationalJournal.com
    Call it the immigration paradox. For years, in good economic times and bad, polls have consistently found that most Americans believe immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally should be provided a pathway to legal status if they take steps such as paying a fine or learning English. And yet, no matter how many times pollsters return that verdict, most Republican and Democratic elected officials alike remain convinced that providing illegal immigrants any route to legal status is a losing cause politically...
    [No mystery here. Polls are not secret ballots and the whole purpose of secret ballots is to get people's real opinion without fear of pressure or criticism. Anyone today who even just advocates enforcement of our existing immigration laws is labeled "racist." Ergo, polls reflect Miss Liberty's politically correct "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore," but people are getting very very VERY worried. As our parents used to say, you can get too much of a good thing.]
    Comments
    -...- "Dean" - Enforce the laws. They will keep coming so long as we don't do anything about it. There are more here now than when Reagan gave amnesty to 3 million... That sure solved the problem \-\ Now there are 11-12 million...
    -\- "Observer" - ..Stop with the "nation of immigrants." Maybe that was true in 1900 -- this is 2011, the world and the United States have changed. Just because my grandmother came here legally in the 1890s, doesn't mean everyone born after that date anywhere in the world is entitled to be here. Start asking what's wrong with so many other countries that their citizens are fleeing by the millions. Start asking why their governments don't solve the problems instead of exporting people, instead of that it's our problem for saying no...
  • A Utah law that would..let police check arrestees' citizenship status was blocked by a federal judge, WSJ, A1 ptr to A4.
    [So, what's the point of spending millions to assassinate a single "bad guy" on the other side of the world when our own judges are unwilling to let us spend pennies to enforce our own border laws on thousands of bad guys right here?]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Shrinking oil supplies put Alaskan pipeline at risk,
    WSJ, A1.
  • General Motors plans to invest $2 billion and recruit 4,000 workers through recalls of idle workers and new hiring by 2014, WSJ, A1 pointer to B2.
    [Great news! Twenty years after they laid off seventy-four thousand (74,000) employees, GM wants to rehire 4,000 (5.4%) of them! Fabulous! No wonder their markets are shrinking. And many companies are still downsizing instead of timesizing -]
  • Kold Draft lays off 12, extends workweek, Erie Times-News via GoErie.com
    ERIE, Pa. - Kold Draft Industries, which has been operating on a four-day schedule, has announced plans to lay off 12 employees while returning to a five-day workweek. Leonard Kosar, chief executive of the Erie Management Group LLC, which owns Kold Draft, said the move allows the company to "re-balance" and return to a more efficient production schedule. The production staff will be reduced from 60 to 48 employees.
    The company, which has been building commercial icemakers for years, is now focusing much of its attention on a new product, an in-store bagging system that integrates an icemaker, an automatic bagger and a storage freezer. "The good news is we are seeing some big orders," Kosar said. He said that in April the company filled orders for about 130 machines, which sell for an average of $15,000 each. He expects to fill orders this month for about 180 machines. "We are as confident as ever in the business," he said. "Every month we see more bagger orders."
    Kosar said the four-day work schedule, designed to keep more employees on the job, made production less efficient. He said it prompted some of his best workers to look for work elsewhere.
    [Half the labor movement has always been suicidal, preferring higher pay to shorter hours and more personal time and job-wage security. But this story has several curious aspects: (1) If your idea of production efficiency involves employing a minimum of your customers' customers a maximum of worktime per person, it's suicide, not efficiency. (2) Real production efficiency is a matter of management skill, not workweek length. (3) Where are his "best workers" going to look for work during a jobless recovery? (4) If this CEO was so interested in keeping more employees on the job, how come he's now calling undoing it "re-balancing"? (5) If this guy really getting more bagger orders every month, why isn't he keeping staff or upsizing instead of downsizing into upsizing orders? He sounds like a bagman, not a builder.]
  • The biggest U.S. banks are willing to pay up to $5 billion to settle claims of improper mortgage-servicing [translation: a culture of fraud], much less that the amounts sought by state and federal officials, WSJ, A1 pointer to C3.
    [So our corrupt "representatives" (LOL) hand them $700 billion, and they give back "up to" $5 billion if we're lucky?]
  • Access to information - Sour note for Harper, 24 heures Montreal, p.7.
    The government of Canadian prime minister Harper has got a grad of F minus in the matter of access to information.
    [And Canadians, now as dumb and suicidal as Americans, have given this secret government a majority.]
    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. McIlhinney-sponsored work-share amendment passes committee, phillyBurbs.com
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - A measure to help preserve jobs by giving employers alternatives to layoffs has passed the state Senate's Labor and Industry Committee. The amendment to Senate Bill 1030 would allow employers to implement a temporary shared-work program that would reduce employee hours by 20% to 40%, rather than lay off workers. Affected employees would be able to receive unemployment for the lost time. Employers who take advantage of the program won't be able to lay off employees during that time, or can't hire or transfer new workers into the affected unit...- see whole article under today's date.
  2. Staff at Eborcraft furniture makers put on short-time working, The Press, York via yorkpress.co.uk
    YORK, U.K. - Production staff at one of York’s oldest manufacturers have been put on short-time working in response to the downturn in the economy. Twenty-eight employees at Eborcraft furniture makers, based at Chessingham Business Park in Dunnington, have been affected by the temporary measure... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 10, 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' -

  • Alkermes to buy Irish drug maker [Elan Drug Technologies] - $960m deal involves a [HQ] move to Dublin,
    Boston Globe, B5.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • US has a revenue problem, not a deficit problem, letter to editor by Robin Douglas of Beverly MA, Boston Globe, A10.
    Jeff Jacoby ("The debt-ceiling scaremongers," op-ed, May 4) is right when he says that raising the debt ceiling won't help much. But he and the Tea Party conservatives are wrong about spending cuts as the so-called cure for our deficits. We could find millions of dollars, perhaps billions [actually $2 trillion according to Paul Krugman in yesterday's NY Times] by ending the corporate tax breaks, raising the levels on FICA, adn bringing tax rates for the rich back to Reagan-era levels.
    The deficits we have now are a direct result of George W. Bush-era policies that took our taxpayer funds and squandered them. While the right claims that our corporate taxes are the highest in the world, those taxes are rarely paid [5/03, NY Times, A1]. In fact, while many corporations are making record profits, they not only pay little or no taxes; in some cases they are getting refunds [or subsidies or more taxbreaks].
    The rich get richer and create no jobs - or offshore the few jobs we have left - while the rest of us suffer. And now we're supposed to suffer more, so that the rich can buy another house [or more likely, just get one rung higher in the status ladder]. Meanwhile, the right wing tells us that it is first responders, teachers, and unions that are the problem.
    We do not have a deficit problem. We have a revenue problem. And the solution is pretty easy.
    [Or a problem with people who have a True Belief in suicidal ideas and say, "Don't confuse me with facts; my mind's made up."]
  • Fears rise as S&P lowers rating on Greek debt - Austerity not bringing growth, investment, Boston Globe, B6.
    [It's always amazed us why any of these financial nitwits would think austerity would bring growth.]
  • New Push for Immigration Overhaul?, FOX via *youtube.com/watch?v=Ncn7mYtuO3s
    ..11 million illegal immigrants..are thought to be already here working in the United States...
    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. Mail Order Mandate to Cost Florida Jobs, Capitol News Service via flanews.com
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -..The change is putting a pinch on small neighborhood pharmacies like the one Lynn Massey has operated for more than 25 years. “I’ve not laid anyone off, but I’ve had to cut hours” says Massey... While Massey has cut employees hours, others pharmacies have left staff go... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Pennsylvania budget ideas: Senate Democratic Caucus, Patriot-News via pennlive.com
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - ..Continue to advocate for PA Works training initiatives including agency consolidation, Shared Work, and Train to Work plans. Consolidating all job training programs within a single agency will provide significant efficiencies to redirect more than $40m in administrative savings to direct investments for on the job training and shared work programs. This puts more unemployed Pennsylvanians back to work... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Why are libraries renting video games? Dayton Daily News
    DAYTON, Ohio - Just a few months ago, libraries were detailing how they were going to cut hours and possibly staff if a levy was not passed. Was the true intent of the levy to spend tens of thousands of dollars to purchase security equipment? This money has been spent to help prevent the theft of audiovisual materials such as DVDs, CDs and video games. I personally think this group of audiovisual materials has no place in the libraries and should have been the first to go in any belt-tightening effort... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Amen to that. Guess there are libraries that haven't figured out they're in education, not entertainment.]
  4. State workers respond to change in work week, ABC 4 News via abc4.com
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - .."It kind of came out of nowhere, so that was really frustrating, kind of a let down." That is how state employee Clarice Garcia feels about the Special Session vote Saturday to bring back the five day work week. She is just one of the thousands of Utah state employees adjusting to the news there lives will change again in the fall. They have worked ten hours, four days a week, since 2008. It was an effort by Governor Huntsman to conserve money by heating, cooling, and lighting buildings one day less a week, and conserve fuel for those commuting to work. Garcia says it helped create a work-life balance. "It gave me more time with my family and it was less time that I had to take my daughter to daycare"... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Utah did not really do a work-sharing and job-creating cut in the 40-hour workweek; it just saved a day of commuting by compressing five 8-hour days into four 10-hour days. Even so, apparently having a three-day weekend was helpful to many employees, especially single parents.]
    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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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., May 8-9, 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 -

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

  • Uneasy times for retirees - Falling deeper in the hole, Boston Sunday Globe, GNO1.

    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 -
  • Seeking business, states loosen insurance rules - Companies shielding finances from scrutiny without [even] going offshore, New York Times, A1.
    [Never mind that U.S. banks are in the tank due to deregulation (our depression-proofing Glass-Steagall Banking Act was spun as old-fashioned and repealed under...CLINTON?!). Never mind that Canadian banks (TD stands for Toronto Dominion) are taking over in New England cuz they stayed regulated. The once-great USA is now led by people who are completely incapable of learning from disasters and altering course (see The unwisdom of elites at end of this section). This is the way empires destroy themselves - and we have front-row seats.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • ...Slower economic growth knocking down commodity prices and reducing the risk of inflation.., Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to C1.
    [But let's s-t-r-a-i-n to put a happy face on it, OK? -]
  • As it turned out, a career change is just what these job seekers needed, Boston Sunday Globe, A1 pointer to G1.
    [Ah, what freedom! What options! What choice! But let's look closer at these career changers' supposed "oh hey, I think I'll just choose a different career, hahaha, why not?" -]
    Fields of dreams, Hennick & Rich & Danielson & Pierce, BSG, G1 target article.
    ..Suzanne Cuccurullo was ready for something more stable following her layoff from Fidelity Investments during the Wall Street meltdown of 2008...
    David Tweedt spent his career in manufacturing... When he needed to change jobs, he turned to other manufacturers...
    [Gee...wonder why he needed to change jobs...]
    Stefanie Bourn, a single mother, was working three low-paying jobs to support her family in the spring of 2008...
    [A little overworked, mayhap?]
    A year ago, Brooke Freedman was making endless cold calls to get companies to advertise on local FM radio stations...
    [People, admit it. We are not in a happyhappy situation of choosing between dozens of attractive options. It's taking more and more Americans longer and longer to find another job when they've been downsized, overworked or otherwise driven crazy. Time to realize IT IS NOT OUR FAULT - except for the fact that we have ignored the, OK, yes, paradoxical solution for so long, which we find incredibly unexpected even though we DID IT successfully for over 100 years (1840-1940) = we timesized as a substitute for lots more downsizing - we redefined "full time" downward as levels of technology got higher. We stopped blaming ourselves, straining for makework or clientless self-"employment" or succumbing to welfare, disability, crime, homelessness, or suicide, and we SHARED THE VANISHING WORK that had not yet been automated. Friends, ahsay phranz, we need to go back to that approach, the sooner the better. Here's a new version of it that puts it all together with interest rates, inflation, imports and outsourcing - and leads on...to further improvements in system stability and sustainability.]
  • Books - New & Recommended -..Intern Nation: How to earn nothing and learn little in the brave new economy, by Ross Perlin (Verso, $22.95), BSG, K5 squib.
    Blistering, highly entertaining attack on the culture of unpaid work.
    [Yes folks, Happy Slavery is ba-a-ack even as it's getting harder to live on a shoestring -]
  • Worries grow over the supply of affordable housing.., 5/09 Boston Globe, A1 pointer to B1.
    ..in [Boston's] Fenway area following the end of a rent subsidy agreement at Burbank Apts.
    [- though why should this be when -]
  • Home market takes a tumble - Turnaround more distant after 3% drop, steepest quarterly decline since 2008,
    WSJ, A1.
    [But with the system-balancing function of market forces deactivated by carelessly cultivated unemployment (instead of activated by automatically guaranteed full employment), the national income funnels out of circulation to the tiny population of the richest -]
  • CEOs at top U.S. firms saw their pay jump sharply in 2010, as boards rewarded them for strong profit [easy when up from negative] and share-price growth [easy when the wealthy have nowhere else to load it] with bigger bonuses and stock grants,
    WSJ, A1 pointer to B1.
    CEO pay in 2010 jumped by 11%,
    WSJ, B1 target article.
    ..Philippe Dauman - Viacom - $84.3 million total direct compensation, up 150% from year prior
    Lawrence Ellison - Oracle - $68.6 million, 17% down [poor baby!]
    Leslie Moonves - CBS - $53.9 million, up 38%
    Martin Franklin - Jarden - $45.2 million, up 143%
    Michael White - DirectTV - $32.6 million, first year as CEO
  • The future - If you're 30 now, what can you expect at 80?, Boston Sunday Globe, K1.
    [A precarious Third-World life if you live that long, UNLESS you help get us back on the road.]
  • The unwisdom of elites - The anatomy of top-down disaster, by Paul Krugman, NYT, op ed page.
    The past 3 years have been a disaster for most Western economies [except Germany thanks to primitive timesizing aka Kurzarbeit]. The U.S. has mass long-term unemployment for the first time since the 1930s... The policy elite..claim that it is mostly the public's fault... The fact is [it is] a top-down disaster... What happened to the budget surplus the federal government had in 2000?
    First, it is the Bush tax cuts which added roughly $2 trillion to the national debt over the last decade.
    Second, it is the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan which added an additional $1.1 trillion or so.
    And third was the Great Recession, which led both to a collapse in revenue and to a sharp rise in spending on unemployment insurance and other safety-net programs...
    [In short, 1- no work at home, 2- military makework in the Middle East, and 3- forced charity under stress, all inferior to shared work with a low enough definition of "full time employment" to employ everyone and dynamize all consumer markets.]
    ..Bush cut taxes in the service of his party's ideology, not in response to a groundswell of popular demand - and the bulk of the cuts went [where they wouldn't be spent] to a small affluent minority.
    Similarly, Mr. Bush chose to invade Iraq because that was something he and his advisors wanted to do, not because Americans were clamoring for war against a regime that had nothing to do with 9/11...
    Finally, the Great Recession was brought on by a runaway financial sector, empowered by reckless deregulation. And who was responsible..? Powerful people in Washington with close ties to the financial industry...
    So it is bad judgement of the elite, not the greediness of the common man, that caused America's deficit... ..By making up stories about the current predicament that absolve the people who put us there, we cut off any chance to learn from the crisis [or correct it]. We need to place the blame where it belongs, to chasten our political elites. Otherwise, they'll do even more damage in the years ahead.
    [Is it even possible to "chasten our political elites" when we only have two entrenched political parties to choose from? so - "even more damage" comin' up!]
    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. Some employers rethink five-day workweek, 5/08 MSNBC via msnbc.msn.com
    HOUSTON, Tex. - ..“We are in fact seeing many more companies willing to be flexible in all areas of the workweek — fewer days, fewer hours per day, some long days and some short days, etc.,” said Allison O'Kelly, CEO of Mom Corps, a staffing and search firm... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Hunger strikers persist in tenth day of protest, Daily Californian via dailycal.org
    BERKELEY, Calif. -..The gender and women's studies, African American studies and ethnic studies departments are currently facing staff consolidation through the organizational simplification initiative of Operational Excellence. The initiative plans to reorganize staff members within the departments and cut work hours as part of a restructuring effort to save $500,000 in the Social Sciences Division... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Protestors say no 'significant' progress in Maldives peace talks, 5/09 HNS via Haveeru Online via haveeru.com.mv
    MALE, Maldive Islands -..Protestors demanded the government not to create any more political positions until the economy recovers, to cut back on the allowances including the overtime allowance of political appointees, reduce the budgets of various government authorities, and not to open offices after hours unless necessary and to shorten working hours in order to reduce their recurrent expenditure and utility bills... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 7, 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 -

  • ...U.S. payrolls grow at swiftest rate in five years...
    [this is not saying much - consider: it's much easier to get "100% growth" from a level of 20 jobs (just add another 20) than it is from a starting point of 100 jobs (need another 100).]
    ..despite rise in unemployment rate to 9.0% [from 8.8], Wall Street Journal, A1:2 target article.
    [Finally, the bad news they've been trying to downplay. And the official rate is so forgiving, when it goes up, things are really bad.]
    The U.S. created a net 244,000 jobs in April..., WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:2.
    [The U.S. needs at least 300,000 new 40 hr/wk jobs a month just to keep up with school graduation and population growth. But switch from job creation to work sharing and resume our 1840-1940 workweek reduction (cut in half from 80 to 40) and the picture improves dramatically.]
  • Seasoned but slighted by the market - Older job seekers say it feels like an age of 'no elders need apply',
    Boston Globe, A1.
  • 16,000 apply for [2,200] Massachusetts McDonald's posts - 1 million seek work [50,000 jobs] at eateries nationwide, by Alison Knothe aknothe@globe.com, Boston Globe, B5.
    With the long lines at some McDonald's restaurants, you would have thought the burgers were free. But people were after McJobs, not Big Macs...
    [Pathetic.]
    Nationwide, the fast food king has hired 62,000 workers, or 24% more than it expected...
    [And even so, only 62k/1m= one in 16 applicants got a McJob. Who's gonna be able to buy burgers?]
    Mark McBee [we are not making this up], owner of 13 McDonald's restaurants in Eastern Massachusetts...said he had trouble turning down some of the 2,055 people who were interviewed because there were so many qualified applicants. "We had a lot of professional people who were looking to change careers [corporate-speak for "get a job, any job"] and a lot of kids, a lot of mothers, a lot of senior citizens - it was an amazing mixture," he said.,,
    [In short, the job desperation in the USA today cuts across all ages, all life situations - except that of the super-rich of course, whom we have to 'thank' for coagulating and decirculating the nation's income and wealth and fostering this much labor surplus and wage-level flattening to do it.  Fix? Cut the lame efforts at job "creation" (however artificial) and just share the vanishing, natural, market-demanded work, however short a workweek it may take. Paradoxically, wages will go up, not down, as the surplus of mutually-underbidding jobseekers gets absorbed.]
    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. Equal time - More moms and dads say they want to share parenting duties equally, Boston Globe via boston.com
    WATERTOWN, Mass. - Amy Vachon has the life most working mothers only dream of. Vachon, 48, works 32 hours a week at a job she loves. Her husband does the same, and they switch off picking up their two kids... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. New Arizona-South Dakota Union Laws May Be Illegal, LezGetReal.com
    PHOENIX, Ariz. -..They will tell you that those employees have had their hours cut while a new employee has been hired and given those cut hours. It saves the company about $10 a week. At one of our local supermarkets, it has meant cutting two employees to 12 hours a week and giving the “saved” 16 hours to a newbie. The last time anyone could live on $85 a week was about 30 years ago... - see whole article under today's date.
    [But the pay will be much higher, and so will consumer markets and all the other markets that depend on them, if we redefine "full time" as 35, 32 or 30 hours a week, as far down as it takes to achieve full employment and our full potential population of employed, earning and actively spending consumers. Unlike cutting the workforce, the workweek can be cut without cutting the consumer base. In fact, the workweek is the only variable that can be cut with only positive effects and no adverse effects. Any reduced income is strictly transitional during the lag time before employers realize the job desperation on the part of jobseekers is fading - and the temporary reduced income can be cushioned by state worksharing programs.]
    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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 6, 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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    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • Review blasts auditor's office - [Mass. state auditor Suzanne] Bump dismisses 27 employees, demotes 12 others, by Noah Bierman, Boston Globe, B1.
    ..Auditor's office, charged with ensuring that government does not waste taxpayer dollars or stray from its mission, fell woefully short of its own professional standards [in] the final 18 months of Auditor Joseph DeNucci's administration...
    [O-o-oh yeah, DeNooch'... - so these are actually constructive individual firings for cause rather than destructive mass layoffs.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Layoffs, fuel prices dim outlook - Unemployment applications spike, Boston Globe, B6.
  • Commodities plunge sends indexes reeling, Boston Globe, B9.
  • Vital[?] signs - U.S. productivity growth slowed as measured by output per hour, first quarter productivity was 1.3% above its year-earlier level, WSJ, A1 graph caption.
    That compared compared with a two percent gain in the fourth quarter.
    [But still, productivity supposedly grew by 1.3%. Sooo, if "wages automatically rise with productivity" as many mainstream economists assume, where's the 1.3% growth in average wage levels? Show us the money.]
    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. Justice delayed, BeloitDailyNews.com
    BELOIT, Wisc. - ..District Attorney David O’Leary announced Thursday that the 12 assistant district attorneys in his office will no longer be working on Fridays beginning May 13. Thus, they will be working 32 hours a week instead of 40..starting next week... The changes were directed by the Office of State Employment Relations and the Dept. of Administration after Wisconsin prosecutors this week rejected temporary pay cuts and furloughs to make up a budget shortfall... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. The soggy, chilly spring has left farmers, gardeners, golfers and and Little Leaguers frowning, The Oregonian via OregonLive.com
    GRESHAM, Ore. -..Snodgrass slowed her seasonal hiring and cut hours for others. On really cold, wet days she asks for volunteers from among her staff to go home early... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, 5/5/2011 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' -

  • Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. of Gloucester MA will be sold for $4.9B to Applied Materials Inc.., Boston Globe, A1 pointer to B7.
    [WSJ has $4.3B.]

    WHAT HOMELAND SECURITY? - even at the highest levels - while we're still threatening people's livelihoods -
  • [OK, the once-great USA has stooped to another assassination and killed their biggest symbol of terrorism, but...]
    Glencore's top five executivess stand to own a $23 billion combined stake [avg.$4.6B each] in the commodities trader after its initial public offering, WSJ, A1 pointer to C1.
    [The concentration and decirculation of the money supply rages on, uncontrolled, with no sanity testing or character guarantees on the individual hominids who slide into this much access and power. Aren't we assuming a lot when we take for granted that THIS is compatible with "homeland security"???]
  • Debt ceiling has some give, until roof falls in, by Binyamin Appelbaum, NY Times, A1.
    ..With every passing week of stalemate over the debt ceiling ($13,300,000,000,000), the risk increases that investors will start to fret that the United States will not pay its debts, and demand higher interest rates for loans to the federal government...
    ["Debt fret"? Well considering that said "investors" don't want to pay the kind of taxes they paid when the economy was strong (1942-1970), and considering that THEY're the only ones with the scale of megamoola to pay themselves back - yet their tiny "minds" remain totally partitioned off from this realization - the outlook is not at all good. Has this ever happened? It's happening right now to Portugal -]
    Markets losing faith in Portugal, NYT, B1.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Stocks retreated, with the Dow dropping 83.93 points, or 0.7%, to 12723.58, its biggest point and percentage decline since April 18, WSJ, A1 pointer to C5.
    "Vital" signs - The service sector has lost some steam, WSJ, A1 graph caption.
    The Institute of Supply Management's nonmanufacturing index - based mostly on service firms - fell to 52.8 in April from 57.3 in March, bringing it to its lowest level since August. Readings above 50 [supposedly] indicate expansion [but there are] headwinds from high fuel costs [and these indexes are biassed toward good news]...
  • Sluggish service-sector activity and modest job growth in April offered the latest signs the economic "recovery" [our quotes] is merely sputtering along, WSJ, A1 pointer to A3.
    [- or continuously spiraling diagonallly downward.]
  • [ECO ALERT -]
    Canadian regulators [raised] the size estimate of an Alberta oil spill, making it the province's largest since 1975, WSJ, A1 pointer to A10.
    [And where's that global-warming story about higher rates of glacier melting in Greenland and our faster de-icing of the poles? = "Cry, the beloved cryosphere!"]
    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. ELECTION 2011: Meet your Motherwell and Wishaw MSP candidates, Wishaw Press via wishawpress.co.uk
    WISHAW, Scotland - ..Instead of trying to sort the deficit by doing away with jobs, why not work share? Why not cut hours down to 30 hours a week, keep all the workers in place that you need?... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Cuts possible in county landfill hours, services, Cumberland Times-News via times-news.com
    CUMBERLAND, Va. — Allegany County leaders are considering closing one of the county’s four refuse disposal sites and reducing operating hours at the others as they struggle to find ways to cut costs in fiscal 2012... Mountainview Landfill in Frostburg would be open 40 hours a week instead of 57; the site near Flintstone would reduce its hours from 32 hours a week to 24...and the site near Oldtown would be open half as often — 16 hours a week instead of 32... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 4, 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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    tsunami of BANKRUPTCIES in the news (archives) - staunched only by risky war or safe timesizing -

  • Personal-bankruptcy filings fell in April as a surge spurred by the downturn slows,
    WSJ, A1 pointer to A4.
  • Portugal a-greed [like we had to twist their arm!] to a $116 billion financial bailout with the EU and the IMF [=Typhoid Mary] over three years to help its ailing economy, WSJ, A1 pointer to A12.
    [Let's see. The World Bank figured Portugal had a population of 10,632,069 in 2009, so every Portuguese could get ($116,000,000,000 divided by 10,632,069 = 116,000/10.632069=) $10,910.38 = nearly $11,000 per person, which would be the single most stimulating thing they could do for their economy, but of course the corrupt &/or incompetent Portuguese bankers, 'investors' and super-rich will get it all and continue to cannibalize their own economic foundations in the consumer base and the employment basement. Our type of capitalism, undisciplined by an employer-perceived labor shortage (the magic that produces wartime prosperity but can be created without war by workweek reduction), has deteriorated into incentivizing corruption and incompetence.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • U.N. sees rise for the world to 10.1 billion [by 2100], by Gillis & Dugger, NYT, A1.
    ..World population [is] expected to pass seven billion in mid-October, only a dozen years after it surpassed six billion...
    [So a rise of only 3.1 more billion in 2100-2011= 89 years (=over 7 doz.), is inexplicably low, especially if the rise continues exponential.]
    ..A problem that helped define global politics in the 20th century, the population explosion, is far from solved in the 21st...
    ["Far from solved"? It's getting much worse, but our cowardly media barons still won't give it to us straight so many of us still want more more more people.]
  • Income inequality [or more actionably: income over-concentration] is increasing in most industrialized countries as a result of globalization and technological change, the OECD said, WSJ, A1 pointer to A12.
    [but more specifically, as a result of the failure to adjust the workweek downward as levels of productive technology push upward, and consequent officially denied labor surplus alias un(der)employment everywhere, and consequently falling wages, and consequently The Great Leak Upward = national money-supplies funnel, with no limit on the largeness of their percentage-share of the whole, to tiny super-rich populations within each economy, with no limit on the smallness of their percentage of the total population = = = diagnonally downward spiraling recession-depression, disguised only by pyramiding stock-market bubbles, since there is nowhere else to put 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. School Board Votes to Eliminate Positions, Cut Hours, by Linda Park, Newark Patch via patch.com
    NEWARK, Calif. - Elimination of numerous positions and the reduction of work hours were finalized by unanimous votes from the Newark Unified School Board of Education during Tuesday’s board meeting. The approval authorized the elimination of 23 full-time equivalent positions for the 2011-12 school year, affecting 27 certificated employees who will either have their positions eliminated or their work hours reduced. The board also voted to reduce nine classified services and reduce work days for a number of classified management, confidential and supervisory employees... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Presumably there would be a lot more eliminated positions if there were no hours cuts.]
  2. 60000 Thai workers dealing with aftermath of Japan's earthquake, tsunami, Thai News Agency MCOT via mcot.net
    BANGKOK, Thailand – ..According to Amporn Nitisiri, Director-General of Thailand’s Department of Labour Protection and Welfare, nearly 61,000 workers -- 60,704 exactly -- working in Japanese owned companies cut working hours, with 140,000 overall at risk... A number of companies have not yet reduced employee salaries but some with less production capacity cut working days to Tuesdays and Wednesdays only and reduced employee salaries to 75%... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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, May 3, 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' -

  • Teva a-greed to buy Cephalon for $6.8 billion as the big Israeli generic drug maker seeks to expand further into brand-name medicines, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to B1.
    [A takeover ain't an expansion of business. It's just taking control of somebody else's existing business (& probably ruining it due to inexperience and arrogance).]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Some 10 million US renters are suffering an affordability crisis.., Boston Globe, A1 pointer to B7.
    ..by spending more than half their monthly income on housing, a Harvard study has found.
  • Vital[?] signs - Manufacturing slowed its pace of growth in April..,
    WSJ, A1 graph caption.
  • The Treasury plans to take emergency steps to prevent a default after the U.S. hits its debt limit on May 16, WSJ, A1 pointer to A13.
    [So Timothy "Baldrick" Geithner has some Cunning Plan to enable deeper U.S. bankruptcy and recklessness? Call Black Adder! - or... close some corporate tax loopholes -]
  • U.S. has high business tax rates, technically - But nobody pays them - A wealth of exceptions, by David Kocieniewski, NY Times, A1.
    ..Topping out at 35%,, America's official corporate tax rate trails that of only Japan, at 39.5%, which has said it plans to lower its rate.
    [Japan still hasn't figured out that the last American they could listen to with benefit was Ed Deming. They started dropping their lifetime employment guarantee and copying our downsizing around 1990 and they've been in the toilet ever since. (But they do have very nice high-tech toilets that can do everything but tie a bow round your tush.)]
    It is nearly triple Ireland's [sure you want to hold up Ireland's "success" just now??] and 10 percentage points higher than in Denmark, Austria or China...
    But by taking advantage of myriad breaks and loopholes that other countries generally do not offer, U.S. corporations pay only slightly more on average than their counterparts in other industrial countries. And some American corporations use aggressive strategies to pay less - often far less - than their competitors abroad [another sneaky leak in sacrosanct Free Trade!] and at home. A Government Accountability Office study released in 2008 found that 55% of U.S. companies paid no federal income taxes during at least one year in a seven-year period it studied.
    The paradox of the U.S. tax code - high rates with a bounty of subsidies, shelters and special breaks - has made American multinationals "world leaders in tax avoidance," according to Edward D. Kleinbard, a professor at the University of Southern California, who was head of the Congressional joint committe on taxes. This has profound implications for businesses, the economy and the federal budget...
    [Yeah, it lets these wealthy thieves claim "highest corporate taxes in the world" to quash reform without actually paying them. Well, byzantine taxes make for the "sustainability" of the Byzantine Empire - crashed in 1453.]
  • Canada's "Conservatives" [LOL] won the most seats in parliamentary elections..., WSJ, A1 pointer to A14.
    [OK, all you brilliant Canadians who wondered how the hey Americans could be dumb enough to vote for Bush again in 2004 - now YOU have voted for secret government and shutting down Parliament whenever "Reform" Party power gets threatened and for ending the "squabbling" in Parliament. How could YOU be so dumb? Now we can plunge together back into Third World feudalism. Wanna hold hands?]
    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. Treasury plan would help determine full-time workers for health cover, BusinessInsurance.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—..Under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act and starting in 2014, employers with at least 50 full-time employees—defined as employees who work an average of at least 30 hrs/wk—must offer coverage or pay an annual assessment of $2000 for each full-time employee not offered... - see whole article under today's date.
    [The good news = the U.S. Treasury Dept. and the PPACA define "full time" as 30 hours a week. The bad news = they're still only talking about a minimum instead of the maximum that would be required to balance employment per person and move on to money per person.]
  2. Thatcher's legacy: UK 'is the only nation working [longer] than in the 1980s, DailyMail.co.uk
    LONDON, England - ..The former Tory prime minister’s "success" [our quotes] at cracking down on union restrictive practices and freeing the country’s entrepreneurial spirit means we work much [longer] than we used to.
    [Oh brilliant! Every flock of sheep should have such "freedom" and "success"! So this so-called "entrepreneurial spirit" would be akin to the spirit of the happy slave, who never has a moment for him- or her-self? We stand in a strange no-man's-land, where the right is going back to the same ol' rat race of the past and the left has not got beyond makework and charity. Neither have moved on to worktime economics. But there are glimmers of the future in the rest of Europe -]
    Meanwhile, across Europe, people now work fewer hours than they did in the 1980s.
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Staff opting to leave or cut hours to help college purse, Cambridge News via cambridge-news.co.uk
    CAMBRIDGE, England - Fifty members of staff at Cambridge Regional College will go after taking voluntary redundancy while others have offered to cut their working hours as part of a drive to make savings of £2.4 million... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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., May 1-2, 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 -

  • Millions in profits and a tax bill ($0) to envy - Generous breaks a significant plus for 30 public companies in state [Massachusetts], 5/01 Boston Sunday Globe, A1.
  • Unions reel as [artificial] budget crisis, ebbing clout collide - Stunning setbacks in a House [Mass. Legislature] they once owned, 5/01 Boston Sunday Globe, A1.
    [American unions sold their birthright for a 'mess of potage.' They allowed employers to distract them with trinkets from their power issue, shorter hours, and now they're a powerless surplus commodity, STILL not focused on their power issue. And in failing themselves, they failed all American employees, who are all now as common as dirt and as cheap as dirt, and paid dirt, so that they can't purchase their own output, and the whole economy, even the richest who engineered all this, are suffering, because they have funneled in far more than they can spend and are now past what they can even invest sustainably. Sustainable investments require marketable productivity, but that requires markets, and markets require full employment and good pay, which ended in the 1970s when the babyboomers entered the job market and replaced the labor surplus of the Great Depression. Solution? Resume the kind of workweek reduction we did with no adverse effects from 1840 to 1940 (cut the 80-hour workweek in half) and have "wartime prosperity" (via employer-perceived labor "shortage") without the war.]
  • GM workers suing company, union, 5/02 Boston Globe, B6.
    A group of [28] General Motors employees in [Lordstown] Ohio is suing the company and the UAW union, alleging that GM has unfairly denied them full pay and benefits and that the union has not fought for them.., [and that] they have been improperly classified as temporary employees since being hired in October 2006. They were terminated in April 2007 and then brought back six months later...
    [So is this The American Way? = useless unions and fire&hire companies, instead of intelligent, undramatic, super-competitive German work-sharing (*Kurz-arbeit). And still only just 40% of U.S. states with worksharing programs.]
    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. Testing Budget Solutions, Utah Trims the Workweek, New York Times via nytimes.com
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — ..What should be the proper length of a workday or the workweek?... It is a question America has debated repeatedly, from the Industrial Revolution through the early 20th century, when labor-saving technology seemed to promise an age of leisure and reduced work hours, and into the modern era of mobile computing and communications that has made every kitchen table a potential workplace [and increased work hours]... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Funny how few supposedly intelligent humans can grasp the idea that maybe if we're constantly introducing more work-saving technology, there is no proper permanently fixed length of the workweek, and Reuther's idea of an adjustable workweek repeatedly changing to adapt to technology is the only sustainable design.]
  2. Change work laws, says Greens MP, 5/01 (5/02 over dateline) TheAge.com.au
    CANBERRA. Australia - ..Many people are working longer hours than they would like to, while some are working fewer... ''Wages as a share of GDP have fallen from a high of 62% in 1983 to just over 52% in 2008,'' he says. He says there needs to be intervention to deal with these problems. Possibilities include giving people an enforceable right to work shorter hours; allowing employees to share in productivity gains in the form of shorter hours, or legislating for a shorter working week... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. DOH to inject funds to help understaffed hospitals, 5/01 (5/02 over dateline) ChinaPost.com.tw
    TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Department of Health (DOH) announced yesterday a plan to spend NT$1 billion to help hospitals recruit and retain nurses and medical care staff. Minister Chiu Wen-ta of the Cabinet-level DOH also urged hospitals to improve working conditions for medical workers to avoid overwork and exceptionally long working hours. In an open letter, Chiu also asked hospitals to designate reasonable working hours for medical physicians and surgeons. Some nurses and medical care staffers took part in a Labor Day demonstration in Taipei yesterday to protest their long work hours and tight schedules... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Revealed: bank staff on 32-hour work week - Employers say practice is 'no longer tenable' in public sector, 5/02 Irish Independent via independent.ie
    [What's "no longer tenable" is the way some employers are pushing for longer workweeks in the age of robotics and thereby defunding and deactivating more and more of their own markets - but these are the morons who can't think two moves ahead in chess let alone consider the big picture in the non-immediate term. Their corporate "strategy," like that of the superrich, is "Suicide, everyone else first."]
    DUBLIN, Ireland - ..The Central Bank professional and administrative staff on a 32.5-hour week earn salaries ranging from about €28,000 to almost €67,000. Staff employed since December 2008 are on 35-hour contracts. Central Bank workers must take a minimum of a half-hour lunch, but the remaining 30 minutes is clocked up as flexitime, which can be converted into a maximum of one day off a month.... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Workers celebrate May Day, 5/02 Nigerian Observer via nigerianobservernews.com
    ABUJA, Nigeria - ..May Day celebrations started in the 1860s when workers campaigned for shorter working hours in many countries... - 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 workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby lets market forces flexibly maintain and raise 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) -
  • Bin Laden dead, Boston Globe, A1.
    ['Good" news if anybody's death is goodnews. So now that Obama is in this strong position, having distinguished himself from Osama except in the minds of the dumbest, will he actually start to LEAD instead of trying to get agreement from radical uncompromising conservative-camouflaged theocrats and instead of replying to any suggestions, "You don't understand politics"? Bush didn't "understand politics" either, but he got a lot of destructive stuff done. And will we now get some good news from Canada or will Canadians have dumbed down as much as Americans, and voted against voting and for the guy who shuts down Parliament every year and regards elections as inconvenient and expensive and debate as squabbling?]