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June, 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. 40-Hour Workweek to Apply to Smaller Businesses from Friday, The Chosun Ilbo via english.chosun.com
    SEOUL, South Korea - Employees at smaller businesses in Korea will see their official workweek shortened from 44 to 40 hours from Friday. The labor ministry announced on Thursday that the 40-hour workweek will now apply to businesses with more than five employees, therefore increasing the opportunity for overtime pay. The policy has already been applied to companies with 20 employees or more... - see whole article under today's date.
    [We welcome South Koreans into the 20th Century. Meanwhile, Americans are going back to the 19th Century -]
  2. Americans Now Think A 40-Hour Work Week Is "Part Time", BusinessInsider.com
    NEW YORK, U.S.A. - Americans consider a 40-hour work week as "part time" in most professional jobs and as a sign of a stagnant career, according to a recent study by the Center for American Progress... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Call this "progress"?]
  3. Limiting resident physicians' work hours to save lives -- On Friday, experts urged hospitals - again - to limit work hours for medical residents, Los Angeles Times via latimes.com
    LOS ANGELES, U.S.A. - Forty years ago this month, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that sleep-deprived resident physicians reading electrocardiograms made twice as many errors as their rested counterparts. Back then, in 1971, there were no limits on the hours that medical residents could be scheduled to work. Thirty-six-hour on-call shifts were the norm. Under new rules that take effect Friday, newly minted medical school graduates will start their internships with shifts limited to no longer than 16 hours. However, residents in their second years or above will still be allowed to work 28-hour shifts with little or no sleep... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. How to make short work of unemployment - Germany has actually reduced joblessness through the recession - by cutting working hours – We could make it work too, by Dean Baker, The Guardian via guardian.co.uk
    WASHINGTON, U.S.A. - Washington always does a superb job of focusing intently on problems that are of little importance... If the economy were otherwise fine, the rest of us could just kick back and enjoy the theatrics. However, things are about as far from fine as they could possibly be right now, with close to 25 million Americans unemployed, underemployed or having given up looking for work altogether. While most of the routes back to full employment through increased demand [ie: "growth"] appear blocked right now.., there is an alternative path. ..We could adopt a policy that promotes sharing of the work that is available. In other words, we have the same amount of work, but we have more people working.
    [Beautiful. So simple. So clear.]
    The model here is Germany. It has used a [short-time work or] "short work" policy to keep the unemployment rate down – at very low cost to the government... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And Germany is currently in so healthy thanks to its short work (Kurz-arbeit) policy that it can afford to "pull off the bandaid" -]
  5. Manroland AG ends short-time work at Offenbach site, GraphicRepro.co.za
    OFFENBACH, Germany - ..The high level of utilisation will allow the site to end its short-time work as of 1 July, 2011. The sheet-fed sector, located in Offenbach, benefits in particular from the positive economic development... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Kurzarbeit alias short-time work or worksharing is an emergency bandaid strategy because it usually imposes unsustainably on the unemployment insurance fund. The long-term version is timesizing, which relies on something sustainable, such as a tax on overtime with an exemption for OT-targeted hiring (and training whenever needed).]
    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. Council passes budget with 4-day work week - Citizens say city has not done enough to become more efficient, threaten to not support Measure S, UkiahDailyJournal.com
    UKIAH, Calif. - ..Chambers said closing the city's offices Fridays and moving employees to a 36-hour work week will save $1 million and represents a 10% pay cut rather than an attempt by staff to have three-day weekends... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. OUR VIEW: City workers, citizens getting the short end, Fall River Herald News via heraldnews.com
    FALL RIVER, Mass. - Faced with an unenviable decision next week on whether to continue Friday furloughs in exchange for ongoing 8% pay cuts or opening the door to as many as 40 layoffs, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3177 may have trouble choosing. While the decision will be tough for the AFSCME workers, it was also apparently a tough one for Fall River Mayor Will Flanagan. When questioned several weeks ago by The Herald News about whether he would prefer a five-day workweek or continued furloughs for AFSCME workers, the mayor couldn’t answer... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Irish work week among shortest in EU, IrishTimes.com
    DUBLIN, Ireland - ..Full-time employees in Ireland have the second-shortest [average] working week in Europe, according to a new study. The European Labour Force Survey for 2010 showed staff working in Ireland spend 38.4 hours at work per week compared with an EU average of 40.4 hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Most people happy with working hours, Sydney Morning Herald via news.smh.com.au
    SYDNEY, Australia - ..Still, the bureau points out that since mid-2007 there has been a slowdown in economic activity, and legislative changes introduced in 2009 were designed to make it easier for some workers to reduce their weekly working hours... - 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, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    tsunami of BANKRUPTCIES in the news (archives) - staunched only by risky war or safe timesizing -

  • L.A. Dodgers slide into Chapter 11, Wall Street Journal, A1.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Vital signs - Americans are buying less, Wall Street Journal, A1.
    ..second straight 0.1% monthly decline. A slump in auto sales, due to limited supplies of Japanese cars and higher prices for U.S.-made vehicles, was one reason for the drop.
    Another factor was higher gasoline prices, which ate into spending power.
    [Another factor was joblessness and declining real wages which have been eating into spending power for decades, now with a sprinkling of foreclosures, bankruptcies, retirement-fund-lootings and The Unmentionable (suicides). So our dopey top brackets are just getting themselves targeted ever moreso -]
  • Banks are showering consumers with lucrative credit-card offers, but many are being pitched to affluent people who [already] have plenty of plastic, WSJ, A1 pointer to C1.
  • [And evermore Debt As A Control Mechanism, here even in the unlikeliest quarter -]
    China said local governments owe debt equal to more than a fourth of the country's economic output, the first time Beijing has put a number on such debt, WSJ, A1 pointer to A10.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Coastal Voices: Start sacrifices at the top, Daily Triplicate via triplicate.com
    DEL NORTE, Calif. - ..The CAO also said that if we do not concede, he will recommend to the Board of Supervisors that most workers be reduced to 35 hours a week (the equivalent of a 12.5% cut in pay), along with layoffs in law enforcement and detention facilities... Sacrifice should be an emergency measure, not standard operating policy. When it is necessary, it should start at the top... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Here's workweek reduction as a threat, which only works if you prorate pay so it gets reduced too - tough to do when you reduce the workweek on a citywide, industrywide, statewide or nationwide basis cuz you're fighting market forces that are reacting to a lessening flood of resumes and a new situation of employers bidding against one another for good help - but we associate the idea of "All sacrifice together, starting at the top" with shorter-hours "poster firm" Lincoln Electric of Cleveland.]
  2. Aubry to Run for French Presidency, Wall Street Journal via online.wsj.com
    PARIS, France—French Socialist leader Martine Aubry, who implemented the controversial 35-hour workweek, said Tuesday that she has the best chance to defeat President Nicolas Sarkozy in next year's elections, as she declared her candidacy six weeks after the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn left the country's largest opposition party struggling to find a front-runner... Ms. Aubry, who represents the left wing of the party, was a key player in bringing about France's 35-hour working week, a reform that was first proposed by former president François Mitterrand in his 1981 election campaign and has been a centerpiece of France's political debate for over a decade, until Mr. Sarkozy modified it and voided much of its substance during his mandate... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. BONUS excerpt - Mushroom plant hires 6 teens, Colusa County Sun Herald via colusa-sun-herald.com
    COLUSA, Calif. - ..Premier Mushrooms L.P. human resources director Laura Deniz explained the Colusa High students will be working 28 to 32 hours a week. "They are mainly in the warehouse where they sort mushrooms by size, and they are also building orders for our customers," she said...
    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.



    Sun.-Mon., June 26-27, 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • Debt hamstrings the "recovery" [our quotes] - The inability of nations, consumers to get out of hock weighs on global economy, 6/27 Wall Street Journal, A1.
    [Gee, does that mean the wealthy, by cutting jobs and their own taxes, and raising unemployment and their own pay, are actually torpedoing consumer spending and their own investments?]
  • Financial contagion stalks Europe, 6/27 WSJ, C14.
    [- not America? If that is so, why this entire special section today -]
    Is Germany turning into the strong, silent type? - Ahead of the pack: Germany is outperforming the EU [& US] by a number of economic measures, 6/27 WSJ, R1-R8.
    April unemployment 6.1 vs.9.4%
    Youth (15-24) ditto 7.9 vs. 20.3%
    May inflation 2.4 vs. 3.2%
    L-T govt bond yields 3.06 vs. 4.43%
    1Q10-1Q11 GDP growth 5.2 vs. 2.6%
    2010 budget deficit as % of GDP 3.3 vs. 6.4%
  • Stock market falls on worries about Europe, 6/26 Boston Sunday Globe, G4.
    [and] after poor earnings reports from Micron Technology and Oracle suggested that companies invested less in new technology as the economic "recovery" slowed [our quotes]... The broad stock market has now fallen for seven of the eight last weeks.
    Stocks fall - Optimism stands tall, 6/27 WSJ, C1.
    [We'd say "Optimism stands cockeyed and desperate."]
  • Tumbling mortgage-bond prices set off a race for Wall Street to exit money-losing trades in recent months, depriving banks of a profit source -
    [That's all right - banks shouldn't be in brokerage anyway - reinstate Glass-Steagall!]
    - and leaving some firms potentially nursing losses as sthey fled from risky assets, 6/27 WSJ, A1 pointer to C1.
  • Our untransparent president - On state secrecy, Obama is no better than his predecessor, op ed by Prof. Geoffrey Stone of U.Chic. Law and Chair of American Constitution Society, 6/27 New York Times, A18.
  • A berm protecting a nuclear plant north of Omaha, Neb., collapsed, letting water reach key electric gear, 6/27 WSJ, A1 pointer to A6.
    [SURE, nuclear power is safe. "Ecologists" who spout that line ought to be filletted.]
    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 Engines of Growth - Forget the familiar big global brands. Germany's economy is powered by a legion of smaller companies, 6/26 Wall Street Journal, R4.
    LANGEN, Germany — ..Like many other Mittelstand [small companies], she got help from a government program known as Kurzarbeit that subsidizes companies that cut hours, not staff... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Well, it's buried on page 4 of the 4th section (lucky number of native Americans) and it's buried toward the end of the article, but at least it's there. We were very afraid that the time-blind of Wall Street would get through an entire 8-page section on Germany without mentioning the secret Cinderella strategy that Deutschland borrowed from 1840s and 1930s America = cutting hours not jobs, dba work-sharing, auf deutsch *Kurz-arbeit (short work), but that despite Wall Street's and the federal government's scorn and neglect, has spread to nearly half the states. Now we turn to suicidally time-blind USA -]
  2. Job jugglers, on the tightrope, 6/26 New York Times, Bu 1.
    Louise Gassman, in Manhattan, works four part-time jobs. (photo caption)
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - ..Maureen McCarty..who graduated..in 2010 with a journalism degree, makes $25k before taxes as a managing editor..with no benefits... The salary doesn’t cover her expenses, so she..baby-sits 5 nights a week for 6 families... All told..she works 75-80 hours a week, a schedule more typical of investment bankers or lawyers aspiring to make partner..— but for..a fraction of the pay... Last year, 1.9m college graduates were mal-employed and had multiple jobs, up 17% from 2007. ..Half of all college graduates have a job that doesn’t require a college degree... Still, is job-juggling..sustainable, particularly when the next stage of life hits and there may be a mortgage and children? Ms. McCarty..is looking for an end to her 80-hour weeks and meager paychecks. “I don’t want to be 30 and working a bunch of small jobs so I can pay my bills”... - see whole article under today's date.
    [= gross overwork and time blindness in America, not only in medical residencies but among recent college graduates, thanks to U.S. failure to trim the workweek, spread the work, absorb the desperate jobseekers and thereby harness market forces in raising real wages, consumer spending, sustainable investment and the whole economy.]
  3. 7 tips for getting more done in fewer hours, 6/27 GigaOm.com
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - ..Happiness-at-work expert Alexander Kjerulf..has rounded up research that shows that knowledge workers “are the most productive when they work 35 hours a week” and “productivity decreased by half after the eighth hour of work.”..
  4. Eborcraft furniture makers returns to full-time working, 6/27 The Press, York via yorkpress.co.uk
    DUNNINGTON, Yorks., England – ..Last month, 28 production staff at Eborcraft furniture makers in Dunnington were put on short-time working. It was a temporary measure, designed to protect the firm’s long-term future while minimising the need for redundancies. Now, thanks to fresh orders, those staff are back working full time... - see whole article under today's date.
  5. Small firms likely to start hiring again -- SFA survey, 6/27 Siliconrepublic.com
    DUBLIN, Ireland -- ..The proportion of respondents implementing lay-offs (3%) and short-time working arrangements (8%) now stand at their lowest levels since the series began in the first quarter of 2009... - see whole article under today's date.
    [An exception -]
  6. Jobs under threat at Smedley factory, 6/26 Matlock Mercury via BakewellToday.co.uk
    MATLOCK, Derbs., England - ..A spokesman for trade union Community, which is representing the workforce, said: “The company wants to invoke a clause allowing short time working [=trimming the workweek to spread/share the market-demanded employment] in an effort to avoid job losses... - see whole article under today's date.
  7. Saudi mulls cutting work hours for private sector - Plan involves reducing work to 36 hours a week during Ramadan, Emirates 24/7 via emirates247.com
    JEDDA, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia is considering cutting work time for the private sector to 40 hours from 48 hours a week in line with a royal decree to limit daily work time to a maximum eight hours, a newspaper..'Okaz' Arabic language daily.\.said on Sunday... “Cutting work time will be a positive step as it will allow workers to have more rest and become more innovative,” the paper said, quoting Mutlaq al Hazmi, director of the business division at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry... But the paper quoted an expert..."We should not compare our workers with those in the advanced countries,” Isam Zayed said. “Unlike here, workers in those countries are punctual and strictly abide by work timings…they also work non-stop during the work hours.” - see whole article under today's date.
    [Yeah sure. This sounds kinda naive and innocently objective-about-oneself at first - wow, they're running down their own people - but then you think of the back story - the Saudis themselves rarely work - they bring in foreign workers - a class distinction arises - so this could just be running down a "lower" class, "our workers." And it gets worse - sometimes they seize their passports so they can't return home and their status devolves to slave labor.]
  8. BONUS excerpt - Judge upholds furlough day for Jefferson Parish school employees, 6/27 New Orleans LA via NOLA.com
    GRETNA, La. - ..School Board officials argued a furlough mandate adheres to the law because furloughs mean reductions in work time, not pay rate...
    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, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Forecasts for growth drop, some sharply,
    New York Times, B1.
  • Tighter lending crimps housing, Wall Street Journal, A1.
    [Uh, shouldn't that be "Tighter lending blocks new housing bubble"?]
  • Stocks fall - The Dow industrials finished down for the seventh time in eight weeks, falling 115.42 points or 1% to 11934.58 amid worries about Italy and Greece, WSJ, A1 pointer to B5.
    ["It's not OUR fault!" The Beantown Globe is a bit more honest -]
    Europe's debt, US jobless claims [see June 24] hurt indexes, Boston Globe, B7.
    Wall Street retreated for a third day yesterday amid growing concern over Greece's debt crisis and Italy's banking sector...
    [What's up with Italy now? We thought it was only Greece and Spain. Or Greece, Spain and Ireland. Or - nevermind. Talk about premature union/toplevel communism. And they still haven't learned -]
  • Mario Draghi of Italy was appointed president of the European Central Bank, WSJ, A1 pointer to A8.
    [Oh great. How close are his ties to Berlusconi? And what else can they do to frag themselves? Oo, here's a biggy -]
  • Europeans [no, just a few dopey europols] accept new Greek bailout -
    [= more good money after bad - more responsible managers burdened with the unlimited weight of gamblers and cheats...]
    - Parliament must ratify proposal coming up for austerity measures, Boston Globe, B6.
    ..a second large bailout...pledging not to abandon the nation to a default...
    [= misplaced, suckered and self-destructive nobleness. They've never heard of "Fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice, shame on me"?]
    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 Americans have too few working hours -]
    Napa Valley College students face limited course, job prospects, by Elyse Lopez, NapaValleyRegister.com
    NAPA, Calif. - ..There is fierce competition in the minimum-wage job market. Some employed students are lucky to get 30 hours a week, if they can get jobs at all... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. [Other Americans have too many working hours -]
    Report Paints Dark Picture Of Resident Doctors' Work Hours, SmartAboutHealth.net
    BOSTON, Mass. – A new report released in the U.S. has painted a very bleak picture in terms of the work hours that resident doctors are put through... What researchers found is that these new rules that will go into effect on July 1st do very little to help the resident doctors in terms of working hours. 1st-year residents will [still] be expected to work a maximum of 16-hours straight. These are very long stretches of time to be put through work, to the point where it can be dangerous to the health of the resident, as well as patients... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It's the sicksick martyred-diva culture of American physicians - who can't even heal themselves at the most basic level of health = getting enough sleep. And this report is being published in the Nature & Science of Sleep? - we are not making this up!]
  3. [Meanwhile prosperous Germany shortens hours (= worksharing or in German, Kurzarbeit) to prevent layoffs - while floundering England still cuts jobs first and considers shorter hours for later -]
    Tank Track firm Astrum set to shed jobs, TheNorthernEcho.co.uk
    STANHOPE, England - ..County Durham engineering firm Astrum, Weardale's biggest employer with more than 260 staff, yesterday said it was facing up to 25 potential redundancies [=layoffs], as well as possible short-time working [=shorter hours dba worksharing], as it looked to reduce its cost base... - 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.



    Friday, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    tsunami of BANKRUPTCIES in the news (archives) - staunched only by risky war or safe timesizing -

  • Saab says it can't pay [its 3700] employees, Associated Press via Boston Globe, B6.
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Saab..moved closer to bankruptcy yesterday... After months of production stoppages and problems with paying suppliers, Saab said the situation is dire...
    [So what's the matter? Can't all the new millionaires keep Saab going? Saab does have a disastrous name for English speakers, resonating with Sob or worse, S.O.B. (son ofa b*tch). Namewise, it can't compete with audacious Audi or BMW (bowel movement - whew!) in Germany. And then there are the "new" Japanese entries, such as the (lecture-us!) Lexus.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Initial jobless claims tick up, Wall Street Journal, A5.
    New jobless claims stayed above the key 400,000 level for the week ending June 18, the latest sign that the U.S. labor market is sputtering, WSJ, A1 pointer to A5.
    Jobs, housing dim economic picture, AP via Boston Globe, B7.
    ..Many factors weighing on the economy are proving to be more chronic than first imagined. The number of applications for unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 429,000 last week, the Labor Dept. said. It was the biggest jump in a month and marked the 11th straight week applications have been above 400,000.
    New home sales fell in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 319,000, the Commerce Dept. said, far below the 700,000 homes per year economists say must be sold to sustain a healthy market... Last year was the worst for new-home sales on records dating back 50 years...
  • Investors worry over latest job market data, Boston Globe, B9.
    A nosedive eases a bit in volatile U.S. trading, New York Times, B1.
    ..The DJIA fell 59.67 points, or 0.49%, to 12050 Thursday. The S&P500 declined 3.64 points, or 0.28%, to 1283.50...
    [And soon we won't be able to count on our energy sector backed up by our oil reserves because -]
  • World oil reserves tapped - U.S., 27 countries intervene and release 60 million barrels to drive down prices [and drive back up consumer spending], WSJ, A1.
    [TPTB (the powers that be) will try anything and everything before they do the obvious and double the number of jobs (and the amount of consumer spending) by redefining "job" from 40-hrs/wk to, say, 20 hrs/wk - just as we doubled everything by cutting the workweek in half (80 to 40) between 1840 and 1940.]
  • ..Surprise move caught investors off guard and upended financial markets..., WSJ, A1 pointer to C1,C5,C6.
    [And what kind of politicians do we have to lead us out of these crises?]
  • Obama wades into same-sex marriage, WSJ, A6.
    [Uh, isn't this the same side-issue quagmire where Bill Clinton wasted his political capital? Is no one capable of learning from others' mistakes any more? Meanwhile, the opposition has quit trying and reverted to acting like babies -]
  • Their temper tantrum - Republican hard-liners walk out of the debt talks, bringing the nation closer to a credit crisis, editorial, NYT, A22.
    [And this time, we have no believable government credit to exploit for a fix - unless we take the emergency measure of restoring wartime levels of graduated income and estate tax and force the rich to pay themselves back (since they're the only ones with that kind of money = no alternative) and move to full employment to prevent this kind of dysfunctional hyperconcentration of the money supply from happening again - full employment (and consumer markets!) no matter how short a workweek it takes.]
  • In New Jersey, lawmakers curb worker benefits - ..State's [budget] savings to affect 750,000 and pensioners -..Deepest cut in state and local costs in memory.. and a once unthinkable setback for the state's powerful[?] public employee unions..., NYT, A1.
    [Now watch the state consumer-base shrivel down to another temporary sticking point, another epidemic of jobcuts and wrong-kind hourscuts, and dopey pols, investors and CEOs straining harder to maintain their myth of recovery.]
  • For many in Britain, being a homeowner is a fading dream, NYT, B5.
    [- not to mention the U.S.!]
    ..a widening wealth gap between owners and renters...
  • Asia has more millionaires than Europe - Boom may let [Asia] pass N. America, Boston Globe, B6.
    [More millionaires are an indication not of a boom but of a deeper descent into the third world, cuz for every new millionaire there are a thousand new paupers as monetary circulation funnels to the richest and decelerates. Wall Street is just beginning to understand this, as it senses an "inexplicable" weakness of consumer spending and lack of marketable productivity to provide sustainable investment targets.]
    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 Sharing: The Quick Route Back to Full Employment, MRzine via MonthlyReview.org
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - .. Work sharing is not a new idea. The idea of shortening work time to create more work has a long history. . . . In an economy that is operating well below its potential -- and projected to remain so for much of the next decade -- work sharing may be the most viable way of bringing the economy back closer to full employment... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Experts call for lighter resident workload to protect patients, The Hill (blog) via thehill.com/blogs
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - New rules on residency training that take effect July 1 "stop considerably short" of guaranteeing the patient safety, healthcare experts argue in a new article that calls for shorter hours for residents. The 26 experts say residents should not work more than 16 hours without sleep and recommend tying Medicare training funds to work-hour compliance... "The current system amounts to an abuse of patient trust... Few people enter a hospital expecting that their care and safety are in the hands of someone who has been working a double-shift or more with no sleep. If they knew, and had a choice, the overwhelming majority would demand another doctor or leave."... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. [Shorter hours in the movies -]
    BONUS excerpt #1 - No gold star for 'Bad Teacher', movie review by Jim Dixon, Examiner.com
    “When I first started teaching I thought I was doing it for all the right reasons,” Elizabeth Halsey, played in the new movie “Bad Teacher” by Cameron Diaz, tells her colleague Lynn, played by Phyllis Smith (“The Office”). “Shorter hours, summers off, no accountability…”
  4. [False alarm -]
    BONUS excerpt #2 - Do You Work Summer Hours? by Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal (blog) via blogs.wsj.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - With summer officially underway this week, some employers have switched to summer hours to give employees a head start on the weekend, and that is good news for some. But amid high unemployment and forced cutbacks in work hours, a lot of other people would be grateful to simply be working a full five-day week. About 17% of employers adjust work hours to suit the season, the Society for Human Resource Management says. Some let people work from home on Fridays, and others compress the work week, allowing people to work longer hours on Monday through Thursday so they can leave early on Friday...
    [So, no actual shorter hours - just rearranging the same number of total hours. Which amounts to "rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.") ]

    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.



    Thursday, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • Fed darkens its outlook but plans no changes, Wall Street Journal, A1.
    Fed paints grimmer picture - But won't extend stimulus buying - Predictions for growth lowered, Boston Globe, B7.
    Economy's woes persisting, Fed chief says, Boston Globe, B10.
    Fed says US economy is not rallying as predicted, Boston Globe, B11 inside head.
    [Like all we have to do is predict a rally and it's aaaall beeeetter? (and if anybody predicts a downturn, they INDUCE it!) ]
    Stocks snapped a four-day "winning" streak [our quotes], with the Dow industrials fallig 80.34 points to 12109.67 after the Fed issued its economic outlook, WSJ, A1 pointer to C5,C12.
    The news also erased an early Treasury rally.
  • Challenges in chasing fraud - SEC actions, and non-actions, illustrate the difficulties in pinning blame for sour deals, WSJ, C1.
    [Uh, these aren't just sour deals. These are system-damaging, economy-dedynamizing, monetary-circulation decelerating, investment-slowing confidence erosions. And they more importantly illustrate the mounting costs of not keeping our social software as advanced as our computer software. With low enough confidence, we too can reduce our economy to barter-based poverty with wealthy investors trapped in not-just-gated-but walled communities like feudal "keeps," fearing for their lives. We need to stop threatening people's livelihoods and give everyone more free time and money to nip these white-collar crimes in the bud, and lose the job desperation and "I just want MINE" attitude to demotivate them in the first place. How? By achieving and maintaining full employment and high general wage levels (not just more millionaires, never mind WAY more paupers), no matter how short a workweek it takes.]
  • U.K. says banks failing to combat [money] laundering, WSJ, C1.
    [So the UK's blaming banks for cleaning soiled money, while -]
  • Bailout needs banks' help - Trichet calls risk of Greek debt colorcode 'red', WSJ, C1.
    [while the EU's trying to get banks to soil more money in the Greece's grease? - these guys are sooo confused... Greece doesn't need to be bailed out - it needs to be quarantined -]
    Derivatives cloud the possible fallout from a Greek default, NYT, B1.
    Greeks fear government is selling nation to [supposedly] save it, NYT, A1.
    [Just like Iceland. Just like the USA.]
    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. Albany reaches a deal with its largest union - A 3-year wage freeze, furloughs and new insurance costs, New York Times, A19.
    ALBANY, N.Y. — ..The five-year agreement between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, and the Civil Service Employees Association, includes a three-year wage freeze, the first furloughs ever for state workers and an increase in the amount employees must pay toward their health insurance... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Life lessons for our modern families, HeraldSun.com.au
    MELBOURNE, Australia - ..The number of women returning to work while their child was aged between 8 and 11 months has rocketed up from 5 to 11% over the past 10 years. "But life and job satisfaction for men and women decreases the more hours their children are in formal care, especially if they are aged over two," said HILDA researcher Diana Warren... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. [False alarm -]
    BONUS excerpt - A day in the life - How America spends its time, Wall Street Journal, A1.
    Watching the clock: A Labor Dept. survey of the weekday activities of Americans 15 and older found they are gaining free time" [our quotes], (photo-collage caption)
    [But this is not real free time which is financially secure and sustainable. This is financially insecure, low-wage part time and no-wage unemployment, preoccupied with looking for more hours or ANY hours. Don't mistake this underemployment or unemployment for a real, systemic, shorter hours solution with more real, sustainable, and financially secure free time, the most fundamental freedom of all, without which the other freedoms are either inaccessible or meaningless.]
    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.



    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -
    - worldwide JUMP for the summer solstice today (1:15pm in eastern daylight saving timezone) -

    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' -

  • Fallon [Clinic] and Atrius [Health] to combine, agree to state scrutiny, Boston Globe, B1 pointer to B7.

    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -
  • President Obama is expected to call tonight for the withdrawal of 5,000 troops from Afghanistan this summer and 5,000 more by the end of the year, Boston Globe, A1.
    [= 10,000 job losses on the other side of the planet that the US government and media strained so hard for downsized, military makework notwithstanding.]
  • Budget crunch - Money woes have forced the town of Bourne on Cape Cod to cut the jobs of 18 full-time lifeguards, Boston Globe, B1 pointer to B3.
    ..'It really doesn't sound safe not to have lifeguards,' Garbis Keusseyan, Hoped to become lifeguard, Boston Globe, B3 target article.
  • Gannett laying off 700 more, AP via Boston Globe, B8.
    McLEAN, Va. - ..to cope with an unrelenting advertising slump. ..The owner of USA Today [unaffected] and more than 80 other daily newspapers [affected] hoped to complete the cuts yesterday...2% of Gannett's 32,600 employees. The division targeted in the cutbacks employs 22,400 people at newspapers that include The Indianapolis Star and The Arizona Republic. The layoffs are Gannett's biggest in two years and..triggered by a steep drop in newspaper advertising that began in 2006. Gannett's annual revenue has fallen more than $2 billin, or nearly 30%, since then.
    [So, we see a dramatic/traumatic 2% workforce cut (700 of its 32,600 jobs) as Gannett's macho-drama-queen CEO downsizes his own best customers and their dependent consumers instead of just trimming 2% of his corporate workweek (ten minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing any overtime profits in overtime-targeted training & hiring, & keeping everyone together working, earning & buying 98% as many newspapers as before. ]

    MAKEWORK: too little, too late, too wasteful, too artificial, too military, too eco-stressing, in the news (archives) - all unnecessary with full employment via temporary worksharing & permanent timesizing -
  • Sagging economy draws attention to war spending - Urgent domestic needs - Critics and allies press Obama to redirect Afghanistan funds, New York Times, A1.
  • Special ed director said to siphon $10m - State alleges unwarranted pay, perks at regional agency, by Michael Rezendes, Boston Globe, A1.
    The former director [John Barranco] of the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative is facing allegations that he fleeced the publicly funded organization, set up to provide services to special needs children, of more than $10 million while paying himself, a former girlfriend, and a handful of top staff extravagant salaries and bonuses...
    [How do you propose we get rid of all this pork and patronage while we're still trying to fill a frozen 20th-century pre-automation workweek in the 21st-century's age of robotization? How do you propose we steer people away from a dishonest living when we've made earning an honest living so difficult, competing for five 8-hour days of a 1940 workweek with the slave labor of 2011 models of machines, automation and robots that are operating 24/7?]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Sales of existing homes dropped 3.8% in May, according to a report that underscored the weakness of the spring selling season, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to A2.
  • The Fed's controversial bond-buying program will end on schedule this month with a mixed legacy,
    WSJ, A1 pointer to A6.
    As Fed exits, private sector remains missing, by Holly Evans, WSJ, C1.
    ...The U.S. economy is suffering from a lack of demand and borrowing, not a shortage of funds, or liquidity.
    [In other words, the insulated American wealthy can't find enough marketable productivity, or big-enough lowrisk-enough lending opportunties, to be able to reinvest the huge HUGE percentage of the nation's money supply ("M1") that has funneled to them by default since there has been so much workforce downsizing and wage-cutting over the past four decades that consumer spending is lethally weak.]
    To the extent the Federal Reserve could at least ["at least"??] boost the stock market [this is totally NOT its job in the first place!!!], the benefits would be fleeting [rich stockholders need more benefits in the first place??], flow to the wealthiest [who devote a smaller percentage of their huge amount of money to consumer spending than anyone else], and likely do little to create jobs.
    [At LAST this is dawning on some Wall Streeters.]
    ...That leaves the stimulus ball in the government's court...
    [No it doesn't. Wall Streeters still haven't noticed that they've already bankrupted taxpayers with their Wars of Choice and bailouts for financial, automotive and other corporations supposedly "too big to fail," i.e., their Charity for the Rich ("coincidentally," themselves), so the stimulus ball is necessarily back always where it always is in real capitalist economies (as opposed to corporate-socialist economies) = in the private sector.]
    Ideally, the private sector alone would be driving the economy...
    [That can only happen by two strategic changes that can rebalance the whole system: (1) trim the workweek as much as necessary to maximize employment and consumer spending and marketable productivity (to serve as good investment material) and sustainable investments, and this requires that we (2) smoothly and automatically convert overtime into jobs. This translates into STOP USING TAXPAYERS AS A MILCH COW to zero losses from increasingly higher and stupider risks (especially while squeaming out of tax paying yourselves!) and turn government into a mere referee of workweek reduction and of overtime-profit reinvestment in overtime-targeted training and hiring. This is The Only Sustainable Way Out of this continuing, accelerating, diagonally downward spiral, compared to the usual "solutions": makework (especially military makework alias war), and charity (forced or voluntary), and major lethal epidemic such as the Black Plague to create that market playing-field leveling labor shortage, without which capitalism works badly. Here's an overall plan. We often hear the argument, "If you restore wartime levels of graduated income tax on the rich (which helped achieve famed Wartime Prosperity), they'll just leave" to which we say, "Please, leave, LEAVE - all you're doing here is acting like dumb parasites anyway and killing yourselves, everyone else first!"]
  • Lehman's collapse vexes money funds, WSJ, C1 pointer to C14.
    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. WHEAT to cut hours, services, Worcester Telegram via telegram.com
    CLINTON, Mass. — Wachusett Health Education Action Team community services will cut hours and services starting July 1. Executive Director Jim Sheehan said decreases in funding combined with last winter’s storms and cold have forced changes. The new office hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday... - see whole article under today's date. [So the old hours were what, 9:30-5:00pm?]
  2. No return to flight schedules yet, ABC Online via abc.net.au
    HOBART, Tasmania - ..Steve Old from the Hotels Association says operators are having to cut hours for casual staff. "A lot of our members are reporting that they're starting to lose 15 to 20 rooms a night which is a real worry for the industry at the moment, especially through our notoriously quiet winter, " he 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.



    Tuesday, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -
    - worldwide JUMP for the summer solstice today (1:15pm in eastern daylight saving timezone) -

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

  • Bonus cuts [down], pay raises [up], then layoffs [after lowering their guard], Wall Street Journal, B1.
    ..Wall Street...
    [The nation's most deserving industry - for downsizing.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Housing troubles have deep foundations,
    Wall Street Journal, B1.
  • Justices curb class actions - High court tosses Wal-Mart [sex-]bias suit, rules [the 1.6 million] plaintiffs had too little in common, WSJ, A1.
    [The Times' take -]
    Wal-Mart wins - Workers lose - The Supreme Court makes it harder and more expensive to seek class-action remedies, editorial, New York Times, A26.
    [Yay, the once-great USA has found yet another way to destroy itself from top and center. The split vote was along party lines. Wal-Mart rampages on, destroying small businesses across the nation and rolling back gender rights. Sam Walden would turn over in his grave. Let's see. How else can we mutilate ourselves? Oh here's something -]
  • Extra jobless aid is cut in Mass. - Thousands to lose US benefits as economy picks up, Boston Globe, A1.
    [Picks up for whom? for what percentage? And without their spending, it hollows the vast turgid wealth of the gated communities - better build higher walls beside those gates!]
  • EU strives to contain debt storm from Greece - Officials agree to reinforce aid, Boston Globe, B7.
    [Bailing out thieves or gamblers is like spreading AIDS. Sounds like the EU has finally figured out that maybe they should rediscover Quarantine.]
    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. New unemployment compensation law provides workshare plan, Scranton Times-Tribune via thetimes-tribune.com
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - Businesses and employees will be able to negotiate work-sharing programs to avoid layoffs and control unemployment compensation costs under changes to Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation system. The measure [was] signed Friday by Gov. Tom Corbett...implements cost savings to help pull the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund out of the red. With the work-sharing program, Pennsylvania joins 21 other states that have put these mechanisms in place... Basically, the law allows employers and employees to voluntarily develop plans to avoid layoffs by reducing the hours worked by employees "across the board" who would in turn receive pro-rated unemployment compensation benefits for those lost hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [So there are now 22 states that have worksharing programs, and we thought there were only 20 - - maybe they counted D.C. or we didn't count New Hampshire? Maybe we'll get 50% (25 states) by the end of this year.]
  2. Maximum working hours regulated for 38 industries in Taipei, Radio Taiwan International via english.rti.org.tw
    TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Taipei City Government has passed a draft bill governing the maximum daily working hours for 38 different industries. The revisions came Wednesday following complaints of extra long working hours in sectors like the hi-tech, medical and security industries. Under the draft bill, the maximum working hours per day is 12 hours, including overtime... - see whole article under today's date.
    [We welcome Taipei City into the 19th century. At least they're getting a grip on this. Here's what happens if you don't -]
  3. Employees see wages cut, hours increased, Simply Business knowledge via simplybusiness.co.uk
    MANCHESTER, England - Employees across the country have seen their pay frozen or cut, while their working hours have been increased. This is according to a new ICM/Guardian poll, which has found that as many as one in five workers have found themselves working longer hours since the recession began... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Fewer people work longer; more people get part-timed or canned. The only parliament in the supposedly civilized, supposedly intelligent U.K. that has a worksharing program is *Wales - and coincidentally, they're the best singers too.]
    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.



    Sun.- Mon., June 19-20, 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    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' -

  • PNC Financial a-greed to buy Royal Bank of Canada's U.S. retail unit for $3.45 billion, gaining control of 426 branches in the Southeast, 6/20 WSJ, A1 pointer to C5.

    vanishing RETIREMENT in the news (archives) - no problem with short-time full employment via timesizing -
  • Get radical: Raise Social Security, op ed by Thomas Geoghehan, author of "Were You Born on the Wrong Continent?" (instead of Europe), 6/20 New York Times, A25.
    ..A recent Harris poll found that 34% of Americans have nothing saved for retirement - not even a hundred bucks. In this lost decade, that percentage is sure to go up..\.. "But we can't afford it!" Oh, come on: We have a federal tax rate equal to [less than] 15% of our GDP - far below the take in most wealthy countries..\..
    As a labor lawyer, I cringe when Democrats talk of "saving" Social Security. We should not "save" it but raise it... [Just] to "save" it, most of us don't need to pay. We could life the cap on high earners, the 6% of workers who make over $106,800. If earnings above the cap were subject to the payroll tax with no increase in benefits to high earners, there would be no deficit in the Social Security trust fund in 2037, as projected...
    [unless pols continued blending it into general revenues to whitewash their term of office and looting it.]
    Retirees today are shortchanged on Social Security because they have been shortchanged on wages for their entire working lives. The labor economist Richard B. Freeman points out that the hourly earnings of workers dropped by 8% from 1973 to 2005 while productivity shot up 55% or more. The United States is one of the few developed countries where workers are routinely cheated of a share in higher productivity. And where has the money from the extra productivity gone? It’s gone right to the top, to the top few percent. If wages had been paid fairly based on productivity, there would have been enough money subject to the payroll tax to avoid even a modest shortfall...
    [But that only happens under a perceived labor shortage, as during war or plague. The intelligent way to get that magic labor shortage? Resume our 100-year downward adjustment of the workweek.]

    tsunami of BANKRUPTCIES in the news (archives) - staunched only by risky war or safe timesizing -
  • Fifty-one banks in Florida have failed since the start of 2007 [- Just over 200 left standing],
    6/20 WSJ, A1 pointer to C1.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Vital[/morbid] signs - Treasury yields are falling...,
    6/20 WSJ, A1 graph caption.
  • A low point for employee loyalty - Workers are increasingly unhappy,
    6/19 Boston Sunday Globe, graph caption, G1.
  • Unhappy but gaining confidence, more workers seek new jobs, by Katie Chase, 6/19 Boston Sunday Globe, G1.
    The long economic recovery has created a workforce full of short-timers...
    [Guess "long economic recovery" is the latest euphemism for up-arc in diagonally downward spiral. Add it to "jobless recovery", "stumbling recovery", "weak recovery", et al.]
    Nearly two thirds of employees are testing the job market, according to the 2011 Deloitte Human Capital Trends report. Another study, by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., found that 1 in 3 people want to quit their job this year..\.. Even as companies slashed pay and increased workloads during the recession, many workers were happy just to have a job. Now, as the economy slowly improves [or cooked indexes admit that illusion], many disgruntled employees who waited out the worst of it [so far] are ready to jump ship. ..Said Eric Mosley,, chief executive of Globoforce, a Southborough company that provides employee-recognition programs, "There's a lot of disquiet, a lot of unhappiness in corporate America."...
  • The mom model - Among women with children under 18, just 21% say full-time work is ideal for them, down from 32% in 1997, 6/19 Boston Sunday Globe, G1.
    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. Top 500 German firms boast stellar sales amid boom, 6/20 The Local.de
    BERLIN, Germany - ..Employment growth is well below sales growth because most firms didn't lay people off during the depths of the crisis but rather used schemes like Kurzarbeit, putting them on shorter working hours... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. School District of Lancaster (SDL) lays off 77 employees as it tries to make up for funding cuts - Cuts in staff are deepest in decades and include teachers, librarians, secretaries and cafeteria workers, 6/19 LancasterOnline.com
    McCASKEY, Lancaster County, Pa. - ..SDL notified 52 members of its teaching staff and 25 support staff members that they are being furloughed for the 2011-12 school year... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Here's the problem with the term "furlough" (pause-job button) = it can blend into, and get confused with, the term "layoff" (job elimination).]
  3. Barela might run for Congress again ... School reform? First we need parenting reform, 6/20 (6/16-19) NMPolitics.net
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - ..How to involve the parents in their children’s education? We need to institute a shorter work week at higher pay so parents can have enough time and energy to raise their kids, be involved with the community and master a fine art or craft. Children used to work and play side by side with family adults. Now, every one grabs a pop tart in the morning and goes their separate ways until late evening when mom picks up some fast food on the way home from work...
    "..How? Tell me how we are going to fix parents.”
    I just told you how. We need to cut work hours in half. Think about it. Children need a parent at home to see to their needs and to keep track of what they are doing at all times. Moms used to stay home and work that full time plus homemaker job. Now, both sexes work so the hours need to be cut in half so that Americans, as a whole, are working outside the home as much as before moms went to work. Kids need more time from their parents. Communities need more time from citizens. Too many work hours is degenerating our civilization... Time is what children require. Cutting hours in half while raising wages would end our unemployment problem and mitigate our parenting problem. - see whole article under today's date.
  4. Reducing working hours can benefit the economy and the environment, 6/20 The Manchester Guardian via guardian.co.uk
    LONDON, England - ..Without the advances of a shorter workweek, vacation time, earlier retirement and later labour force entrance, the economies of the OECD would never have attained the "golden age" of high employment that prevailed after the1930s depression... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Yes they would, because World War II created, in the most stupid, extreme and wasteful way, the magic labor shortage which alone makes capitalism run smoothly. Shorter workweeks are just the intelligent, waste-free, controllable, predictable, and market-oriented way of achieving "wartime prosperity" without the war.]
  5. LegCo to debate a motion on expeditiously implementing the formulation of standard working hours, 6/20 7thSpace Interactive (press release) via 7thspace.com
    HONG KONG, HKSpec.Admin.Region, China - ..The Legislative Council (LegCo) will hold a meeting on Wednesday (June 22) at 11am in the Chamber of the Legislative Council Building. During the meeting, members will debate a motion on expeditiously implementing the formulation of standard working hours. ..This Council urges the SAR Government to...spare no efforts in making preparations for enacting legislation on standard working hours and expeditiously implement the relevant tasks, including:...through various forms of publicity and education, to increase the public's knowledge and understanding of standard working hours... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Boyoboy, do U.S. standard working hours ever need this kind of publicity and education!]
    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, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • Buyouts offered to Boston Herald workers, by Beth Healy, Boston Globe, B5.
    ..Voluntary buyout packages to trim staff and cut costs [were] made to all the newspaper's staff and managers, according to an e-mail sent to members of the Herald's newsroom union. Guild members are being offered two weeks of salary for every year of service. Workers..would have until July 1 to make a decision, and any staff reductions would come next month, the Herald reported on its website... The Herald said it has 385 employees. [It] no longer prints its paper, and recently held discussions with The Boston Globe to print and distribute much of the tabloid..\..
    The buyout offer comes a week after a Newton MA developer proposed building retail stores, 262 apartments, and underground parking on the site of the Herald. National Development has an agreement to redevelop the property with.\.Patrick Purcell, the Herald's publisher... The Herald is planning to move out of its long-time headquarters in the South End by the end of the year...

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Key indicators suggest slow growth - Housing market, fuel and food costs weigh on economy,
    Boston Globe, B6.
  • Greece's $160 billion bailout was not enough, Boston Globe, A1 pointer to A3.
    and government officials and economists were unprepared for how fast it failed.
    Greek crisis shakes Lagarde's IMF bid, Boston Globe, B6.
    [Oops, the next page disagrees with the assessment on pages A3 and B6 that Greece is bad news today -]
    Greece rescue news, indicators lift markets, Boston Globe, B7.
    ..as European leaders moved closer to a compromise on a financial rescue for Greece...
    [Chaos reigns...]
    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. Senate bill would allow teacher furloughs, YourValleyVoice.com
    AUSTIN, Tex. – ..The bill would allow districts to furlough teachers, that is give them unpaid leave, on non-instructional days. This provision remains in effect only as long as education funding remains below the 2010-2011 levels... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Gov't to consider changing public-sector working hours to spur domestic demand, Yonhap via KoreaHerald.com
    SEOUL, South Korea -- The government will consider changing the working hours of public-sector employees and splitting up the long school winter vacation into several breaks in an effort to spur domestic demand, officials said Saturday. The measures were among a package of proposals discussed at a meeting of Cabinet and other top government officials that President Lee Myung-bak presided over to brainstorm ideas on how to stimulate domestic spending to help small businesses and other lower-income people, they said... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Aha, AT LAST a link in the news between the workweek and the consumer base, worktime per person and domestic spending, over which every economy has more control than when casting itself on the mercy of foreign consumer spending, as in "the US consumer has saved the world" = not any more. And may we also infer a connection between overlong working hours and domestic consumer spending that is below, often far below, its potential?!]
    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.

    Friday, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 car of Amtrak's Adirondack southbound from Montréal -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -
  • Research In Motion to cut [unspecified] jobs as sales slump - Stock of BlackBerry, Playbook maker hammered in after-hours treading (...water?), oops, trading, Ottawa Citizen, A1 pointer to F1.
    [- out of approximately 17,500 employees total.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Economy loses momentum on way to recovery, WSJ, C1.
    [So, like, this isn't actually "recovery" yet, just "way to recovery"?]
  • Eurozone crisis seeps into markets, National Post, FP1.
  • TSX [Toronto Stock Exchange] down nearly 10% from peak, Ottawa Citizen, F5.
  • Board seats - Number of female directors drops in U.S. as quotas propel women in Europe, Toronto Globe, B2.
    [No babes, no blastoff -]
  • U.S. stocks on short sellers' radar, Toronto Globe, B15.
    [No technical fundamentals underlying stocks? Maybe cuz there's no jobs and ... no solutions from TPTB (the powers that be) -]
  • Surprise! Interim jobs advice from panel [of CEOs = President's Jobs Council] land with a thud, WSJ, B1.
    [Obama should learn from how FDR was already solving the Depression before the war = by workweek regulation and reduction: 44 hours a week in 1938 (unemployment 19%), 42 hours in 1939 (17%), 40 hours in 1940 (15%) = one percent less unemployment for every hour cut from the workweek, same results as France got 1997-2001 in jumping from 39 hours a week to 35 and seeing unemployment fall 12.6% to 8.6 before the US recession hit France in the summer.
    (Exact US figures are 19.0, 17.2, 14.6.) ]
    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. Steel fabricator furloughs 72 at Berlin shop, UnionLeader.com
    BERLIN, N.H. — In a community that has faced hard times, Isaacson Structural Steel Inc. seemed at times to be an oasis in a desert, so when word came that the company on Tuesday had temporarily furloughed 72 shop workers, it sent jitters through Androscoggin Valley... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Servant's work hours, leave not to be at whims & fancies of master anymore, Economic Times of India via economictimes.indiatimes.com
    NEW DELHI, India - .."We definitely support an international agreement protecting domestic workers, but norms should not be thrust upon us and countries should be free to decide on nuances such as terms of contract and working hours," a government official told ET... - 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.



    Thursday, June 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 -
    doom du jour
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    - 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 from Café Corsé, 152 Montcalm (torn up; park in rear off Papineau), Hull, Québec -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    PRISONS & CRIME in the news (archives) -

  • Life on the inside - In California's overcrowded prisons, one inmate, on average, dies every week, Toronto Globe, A1.
    Some are kept in cages the size of phone booths...

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • U.S. slowdown darkens outlook..,
    Ottawa Citizen, D1.
  • Markets - Flight from risk - Eurozone debt crisis, U.S. worries send investors fleeing, oil plunging, Toronto Globe, B1.
    [and more of the money supply flying out of circulation, trapped among the tiny populations in the topmost income & wealth brackets. Some coincidental evidence today -]
  • Manufacturing sales in Canada fall - Home sales also dip, Ottawa Citizen, D1.
    [and it ain't productivity that matters unless it's MARKETABLE productivity - the kind that takes SALES - sales that ain't DIPPING cuz more blind CEOs laid off more of their customers' customers while grabbing and decirculating a little bit more of M1 (the money supply).]
    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. What Is A "Workweek", And Why Should You Care? Fisher & Phillips LLP via JD Supra (press release) via jdsupra.com
    ATLANTA, Ga. - Many compensation policies and similar documents refer to wages for non-exempt employees in the context of a "week", a "pay week", a "pay period", "the schedule", an "overtime week", or some other ambiguous word or phrase. But the timeframe that matters under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act is a term-of-art: A "workweek". For instance, with few exceptions, FLSA overtime pay is due for a non-exempt employee's hours worked over 40 in a single workweek, which is not necessarily the same thing as the calendar week or an employee's scheduled week or pay period... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Airbus Seeks to Defuse German Angst Over Jet Work Distribution, Bloomberg.com
    BERLIN, Germany - Airbus SAS is seeking to defuse a threat by Germany’s government to withhold development aid unless the planemaker agrees to fairer work-sharing between Germany and France, two people familiar with the plan said... - see whole article under today's date.
    [A different kind of German worksharing, but hopefully the German and other governments are finally getting wise to the grotesque parasitism of these giant corporations. Governments don't need to strain for 40-hour jobs. They just need to referee the reduction of the maximum workweek - as short as it takes to achieve full employment and a maximum domestic consumer base and velocity of currency circulation.]
    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.



    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 while the Great Depression replays today as the 'great recession', and lest you think this is a real recovery, we bring you first a dose of -
    doom du jour
    tm = 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 from Café Corsé, 152 Montcalm (torn up; park in rear off Papineau), Hull, Québec -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    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' -

  • Ericsson to pay cash to snap up Telcordia Technologies for $1.2B,
    Toronto Globe & Mail, B10.
  • Investors approve C$1.03B TimberWest Forest deal, CP - Toronto Globe, B10.
    ..by two major pension fund managers...the British Columbia Investment Mgmt Corp. and the Public Sector Pension Pension Investment Board...
    [Fund managers should stick to managing funds, instead of accelerating the collapse of corporate diversity into one big black-hole robocorp(se).]

    MAKEWORK: too little, too late, too wasteful, too artificial, too military, too eco-stressing, in the news (archives) - all unnecessary with full employment via temporary worksharing & permanent timesizing -
  • The End of EZ Money in California? by Al Norman, HuffingtonPost.com
    ..California's Enterprise Zones (EZ) program..was created in 1986 to stimulate economic activity and create jobs for the economically disadvantaged... The California Franchise Tax Board has estimated the EZ program cost California $333 million in lost tax revenues in 2005... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Another example of how "intelligent" beings in our lifetime are so block-headed and time-blind that they will do anything and everything but the simple and obvious: adjust the maximum share-per-person of natural market-demanded employment as required by rising levels of work-saving technology.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Rising levels of household debt [in Canada] hit $1.5-trillion, by Julien Brunet, Toronto Globe, B7.
    ..sparking new fears that the heavy burden on Canadian consumers could hurt the economy, particularly as fiscal stimulus fades. The figure, from a report Tuesday by the Certified General Accountants Assoc. of Canada, means that if household debt were distributed evenly across all Canadians, a two-child household would owe an estimated $176,461, including mortgage costs...
    [Ohoh, sounds like Canucks are about to max out and experience a consumer spending collapse like US.]
  • Short sellers circling wide array of stocks, Toronto Globe, B16.
    [Plenty to choose from with P/E ratios way way WAAAY above historic norms since the early 1990s (cuz wage-depressing labor surplus allowed sooo much money to funnel to the richest, they had few other destinations where they could fling sooo much moola - ergo, stockbubble after stockbubble, and pop...pop...pop...]
  • Another black hole, letter to editor by Alex Doulis of Toronto, Toronto Globe, A16.
    I note that what our southern neighbor [USA] was unable to do militarily in 1812, it's now undertaking by stealth (U.S. Taxman Reaches North - Report on Business, 6/14). We've turned over our security information to the U.S., the result of which was the imprisonment and torture of a Canadian citizen by American surrogates.
    Now our financial institutions will have to comply with a U.S. law that requires them to identify their U.S. customers to the IRS. So it won't be long before a Canadian is hauled off a flight passing through the U.S. and sent down a black hole as a result of U.S. tax obligations.
    For some reason, our government [ie: Harper, and all the dumb Canucks that voted for him = "a vote against voting"] is determined to conceded our sovereignty to the U.S.
  • $45,000 [per person] = Cost Tamil migrants [from SriLanka/Ceylon] have paid to be smuggled to Canada, Toronto Globe, A1 pointer to A5.
    ..according to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
    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. Gibson Transport approved for work-sharing through Honda slow down, New Tecumseth Free Press via madhunt.com
    ALLISTON, Ont., Canada - ..Gibson Transport has been approved for the *federal work-sharing program which "is designed to help companies facing a temporary downtown in business avoid lay-offs by offering Employment Insurance [EI]..income support to workers willing to work a reduced week while the company undergoes recovery... Employers can retain employees and avoid expensive re-hiring and re-training costs"... It means no layoffs, and EI income supplements without the waiting period... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. £4m aid for tsunami-hit companies in Wales, SouthWalesArgus.co.uk
    CARDIFF, Wales - ..Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Skills Jeff Cuthbert has announced £4 million will be available for companies that have had to re-introduce short-time working due to the supply issues as a result of the Japanese disaster... The money to firms will come from the re-opened *ProAct scheme - originally launched in January 2009 to support businesses suffering from the recession that had introduced short-time working... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Spanish labour laws: Working time and leave, Expatica Spain via expatica.com
    MADRID, Spain - Read Expatica's comprehensive guide to the leave you are entitled to while working in Spain and the maximum number of working hours per week. Updated May 2011... The normal working hours must average 40 hours per week maximum of actual work, calculated on an annual basis... - 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, June 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 -
    doom du jour
    tm = 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 from Café Corsé, 152 Montcalm (torn up; park in rear off Papineau), Hull, Québec -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • 6,000 = Jobs the [Canadian] government will shed over three years, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office, Toronto Globe & Mail, A1.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • U.S. has endured half of a lost decade - Economy producing below its potential, National Post, FP1.
    ..from 2006 to the first quarter of 2011, U.S. productivity was less than 1% per year, similar to Japan's during the period when its bubble was bursting...
    [But at a time when the only consumer spending you can count on is your own - and you're constantly diminishing that with downsizing and deepening labor surplus and wage cuts, the US was probably producing as much as it could sell, and THE ONLY PRODUCTIVITY THAT COUNTS IS MARKETABLE PRODUCTIVITY. So anywhere you see the word "productivity" without the word "marketable" in front of it is malarkey.]
    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. Germany's Merkel says supporting Arab democracy after revolts means creating jobs for youth, AP via WashingtonPost.com
    GENEVA, Switzerland — ..The government pumped billions of euros (dollars) into a so-called “Kurz-arbeit” — or “short work” — program that allowed companies to hang onto experienced workers during the downturn, and then lengthen their shifts again when the economy recovered. Germany’s unemployment rate stood at 7 percent in May, far below that of most European countries, despite high labor costs. “We realized that we couldn’t let the ties between workers and employers be cut during a difficult period,”... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Canada Post Strike Continues To Spread, ECanadaNow.com
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - ..Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers decided to strike in order to protest increasingly cut hours... - 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.



    Sun.-Mon., June 12-13, 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 jour
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    - 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 from Café Corsé, 152 Montcalm (torn up; park in rear off Papineau), Hull, Québec -
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    growth-choking DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - all reversible by a shift to timesizing -

  • The future of factories - For manufacturers, foreign assets tantalizingly cheap - A strong [Canadian] dollar and cheap [foreign] labour has seen a steady shifting of production outside Canada [=offshore outsourcing] - But it's not necessarily a bad news story, 6/13 Toronto Globe & Mail, B1.
    [Yes it is. Have you looked at what's happening next door (USA) recently? - See next headline (below).]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • The hidden costs of dirty, cheap money, by Brian Milner, 6/13 Toronto Globe & Mail, B1.
    The latest gloomy U.S. lhousing and jobs data, falling auto production and uninspiring forecasts for retail sales and industrial output confirm..the world's biggest economy [measured by the grossly forgiving GDP index] has hit a serious bump on the winding road to recovery...
    [But since there are absolutely no technical fundamentals for recovery, this is not the "winding road to recovery" but a diagonally downward spiral where the unlimited concentration of the money supply in a tiny fraction of the population, aided and abetted by a deepening shortage of 40-hour/week jobs, is cannibalizing itself starting with consumer spending, then marketable (investment-worthy) productivity and finally sustainable investment.]
  • "Major breach" [cyberattack] at the I.M.F., 6/12 NYT, A1.
    [All...Together...Now... - "Our computer software has outpaced our social software." Quickest strategic fix? Timesizing-not-downsizing.]
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    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Contractor hands out furloughs as Navy work dries up, 6/12 KitsapSun.com
    BANGOR, Wash. — For the first time in its almost six-year history here, Navy base operations contractor EJB Facilities Services is forcing furloughs on its workers. General Manager Robert Parker said less work from the Navy is the reason... - see whole article under today's date.
    [We doubt these "forced" employees would prefer layoffs.]
  2. Longer work hours. Happier marriage? 6/13 ThinkStock via WSJ via WTOP.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - ..According to the study..when women have heavier workloads at work, their husbands pitch in more with the housework. On the flip side, a heavier work day for men resulted in a less than happy home life for everyone... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Cuts to Community Health Centers may affect thousands, 6/13 San Luis Obispo Tribune via sanluisobispo.com
    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A proposed $800,000 budget cut for Community Health Centers of the Central Coast could lead to the closure of two of its 17 countywide clinics, cut hours in half at four others and leave more than 5,000 uninsured and underinsured individuals without health care if the plan is approved by the county Board of Supervisors... - 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, June 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 jour
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    - 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 from Café Corsé, 152 Montcalm (torn up; park in rear off Papineau), Hull, Québec -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • Personal finance - Falling portfolio values plus job loss equals despair,
    Ottawa Citizen, F3.
  • The human equation - Overlooking the key [JOBS] to economic recovery, op ed by Bob Herbert, New York Times, A17.
    ...The crisis staring America in its face...is unemployment. Joblessness.... There are now five unemployed workers for every job opening in the U.S. The official unemployment rate rate is 9.5%, but that doesn't begin to tell the true story.... If you include the men and women who are now working part time but would like to work full time, and those who have become so discouraged that they've stopped actively searching for work, you'll find that 16.5% of Americans are jobless or underemployed. Nearly everyone who is fortunate enough to have a job has a spouse or a parent or an in-law or a close friend who is desperate for employment..\.. Hundreds of thousands of unemployed workers will begin losing their jobless benefits, just about the only thing keeping them above water, by the end of summer..\.. Virtually all of the job growth since the start of the century (which was nothing to crow about) has vanished..\.. Welfare rolls are rising..\..
    American families...have already seen the value of their homes and retirement accounts put to the torch. ...Upwards of seven million homes can be expected to fall into foreclosure this year and next.... With so many Americans maxed out on their credit cards and with the value of their homes deep in the tank, the only money available to spend in most cases is from paychecks..\.. The joblessness the nation is experiencing is crushing any hope of a real economic recovery....
  • Employment - As economy seeks traction, employers are cautious [= not hiring] - Unemployment rate edges lower but the global outlook is not bright, Toronto Globe, B4.
  • Canadian stocks - TSX [Toronto Stock Exchange] declines for second straight week,
    Ottawa Citizen, F4.
  • Productivity data proves disappointing - Economist [Francis Fong] says labour costs are rising faster than output,
    Ottawa Citizen, F2.
    [Why seen as bad? Maybe it'll give us a chance of being able to purchase our own output again and avoid funneling even more millions out of circulation to the richest thousandth of the population who are looking in vain for marketable productivity for sustainable investing.]
  • British factories slump in April,
    Toronto Globe, B13.
  • Japan's corporate exodus hastened by quake, tsunami - Operations expand in other countries to safeguard production, Ottawa Citizen, F8.
  • Toyota forecasts annual profit to sink, Toronto Globe, B13.
    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. Colton classified employees accept furloughs, San Bernardino Sun via sbsun.com
    COLTON, Calif. - ..Classified employees have agreed to take five furlough days during the 2011-12 school year in exchange for a promise of no layoffs, calling the deal a win-win. "Our membership has always helped our district in times of need, and now they've helped us keep all our jobs," said Nick Ramirez, president of the union that represents about 950 classified employees... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Kitchen-firm jobs in Devizes in danger, ThisIsWiltshire.co.uk
    DEVIZES, Wilts., U.K. - ..Staff at the manufacturing base at Hopton Industrial Estate were told last Friday of the company's financial problems and 98% of them agreed to short-time working from this week... - 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.



    Friday, June 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 jour
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    - 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 from Café Corsé, 152 Montcalm (torn up; park in rear off Papineau), Hull, Québec -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • Borders said lenders were forcing it to close as many as 51 more stores, a move that ratchets up tensions as the firm races to find a buyer, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to B4.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • A selloff in bonds backed by subprime mortgages has spread through the riskiest segments of the credit markets, ending rallies in high-yield corporate bonds and commercial real-estate debt,
    Wall St Journal, A1 pointer to C1.
  • Citigroup plans to send replacement cards to about 100,000 North American customers after its systems were hit by a hacking attack, WSJ, A1 pointer to C1.
    [Again, all together now, "Our computer software has far outpaced our social software." - But timesizing can get us caught up.]
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission's chief withheld information in a bid to stop work on the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste dump, according to a report by the agency,
    WSJ, A1:2 pointer to A1:3.
  • Japan is considering more evacuations after data showed new radiation "hot spots" farther away from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant, WSJ, A1 pointer to A8.
    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. Ballot measure would require Denver businesses to provide paid sick days, Colorado Independent.com
    DENVER, Colo. - ..With 300,000 employed workers in Denver, in 2010 the average Denver employee worked about 35 hrs/wk... According to the campaign, nearly 100,000 employees in Denver lack paid sick days. “This is a really important issue because 40% of Denver workers don’t have access to paid sick days, which means many people have to choose between taking care of themselves or going to work.” Bennett said. She also said this is a public health issue, especially for members of the service industry. “The numbers of those without sick days in the service industry is as high as 70%, a number which is really alarming for a group of people who work with food”...
    - see whole article under today's date.
  2. California's Saint Agnes Lays Off, Cuts Work Hours of 150 Employees, Becker's Hospital Review via beckershospitalreview.com
    FRESNO, Calif. - Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., is laying off or cutting work hours of 150 employees to combat reduced reimbursement and other financial challenges, according to a Business Journal report. Twenty-one employees will face reduced hours and 129 will lose their jobs completely... - see whole article under today's date.
    [And without the reduced hours, all 150 would have faced complete job loss.]
    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.



    Thursday, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 Terrasses de la Chaudière on l'Îsle de Hull, Gatineau, QUÉBEC - - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • A Senate report questioned the benefit of billions of dollars in development aid pumped into Afghanistan, Wall St Journal, A1 pointer to A16.

    JOB- OR JOBLOSS-RELATED SUICIDE in the news (archives) -
  • 17,500 = The number of Canadians admitted to hospital last year for treatment of attempted suicide and self-mutilation, Toronto Globe&Mail, A1 pointer to L6.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Economy's woes shift the focus of budget talks - Hints of a slowdown -
    [what would it take to get a full-fledged "signal" through to these people?]
    - Amid urgency for deal [in budget talks], concern over effect on recovery,
    New York Times, A1.
  • The S&P 500 index posted its longest losing streak since February 2009 amid concerns about the U.S. economy - Other major indexes also fell,
    Wall St Journal, A1 pointer to C8.
  • A third rating agency threatened to downgrade the government's debt if Congress failed to increase the borrowing limit by early August, WSJ, A1 pointer to A4.
    ..Worries grow that U.S. could default on its debt - ..Treasury bonds might be cut to junk, Fitch warns, National Post, NP1 pointer to FP1.
  • Bill 24 [Quebec] would protect consumer from self - Effort to limit debt overload - 90 measures, many related to credit cards, Montreal Gazette, B1.
  • Tokyo Electric says it plans to release 3,000 tons of radioactive water at the sister plant of its damaged complex, WSJ, A1 pointer to A18.
    [Why are they releasing looong-term polluted water at an undamaged plant?]
  • Vital signs - The mood in Japan has gotten less downbeat, WSJ, A1 graph caption.
    [Whoopeedoo.]
  • Where growth and dysfunction have no boundaries [= India], NY Times, A1.
    [So, how does that leave Growth as the Great Cure-All?]
    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. How Geography Explains Economics For Germany and the US, TheAtlantic.com
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - .. What can we learn from this juggernaut across the Atlantic, with lower unemployment, higher growth, and enviable manufacturing economy? We could talk about work sharing, health care cost sharing, and higher income sharing through greater taxation... - see whole article under today's date.
    [It's enough to talk about work sharing. It is by far the most powerful reason on the list and can be considerably extended.]
  2. For flexible working hours, find job in Finland or Sweden, Indian Express
    NEW DELHI, India - ..According to human resource experts, the companies which provide the option of flexible work hours to employees perform better than their counterparts with regular 9-5 jobs. The survey [was] conducted among more than 7700 businesses in 39 countries... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Sequoia Union High School District Approves Furlough Days, Patch.com
    SEQUOIA, Calif. - The Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday night approved shortening the work year for all district employees by two days next year through work furloughs caused by a budget deficit... - 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.



    Wednesday, June 8, 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 jour
    tm = 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 from Café Corsé, 152 Montcalm (torn up; park in rear off Papineau), Hull, Québec -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • 'Next time [after Afghanistan] the nation [Canada] goes to war, we should find out what we're in [it] for', Toronto Globe, A1 pointer to A13.
    [Not difficult - just "follow the money" - you're in it for the CEOs of the weapons industry and to give 'conservative' investors something profitable to invest in - until taxpayers go bust.]
  • Student debt [in Canada] has heavy price, by Garry Marr, National Post, FP1.
    ..Rules put in place 13 years ago..put student debt on par with unpaid child support and court settlements based on crimes you may have committed...
    [Get government OUT of the makework game. As technological worksavings ratchet upward, government's proper role is only to referee the downward adjustment of the workweek to maximize employment in terms of numbers of potential consumers regardless of the sacrifice in terms of maximum hours per person, and thereby to maximize general wage levels, consumer spending, and marketable productivity for solid, not bubble, investing.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • The president of the European central bank at the Montreal Conference - "We must prepare for the unexpected" - Montreal Devoir, B1.
    [too late?]
    - Other shocks will come up, says Jean-Claude Trichet -
    [maybe he better get through the current ones first]
    - Nations must act in a preventive manner -
    [yeah sure - not likely under short-term, downsizing capitalism]
  • PM Harper [Canada] pledges to trim billions of 'fat' from programs - Opposition leaders question Conservatives' definiton of 'efficiency', Toronto Globe, A1.
    [The only programs that "conservatives" don't consider "fat" are military and pork-patronage-ANYthing that gets them elected.]
  • 29 per cent, Toronto Globe, A1 pointer to I5.
    Canadian adolescents aged 12 to 17 estimated to be overweight or obese.
    [- as the general populace impoverished by parental job insecurity and longer periods of unemployment? Worse in the States?]
  • "We're making scandals out of things that wouldn't even have been that scandalous in the Victorian era" , Toronto Globe, A1 pointer to A3.
    Robert Thompson, professor at Syracuse University, on New York congressman Anthony Weiner's 'sexting' scandal...
    [Gotta stay distracted from our real problems!]
  • Greece is so far gone, bankruptcy is its best way out of the crisis, Toronto Globe, B1 pointer to B15.
    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. Furlough Fridays on tap for Lemon Grove, San Diego Union Tribune via signonsandiego.com
    LEMON GROVE, Calif. — City Hall will be closed every Friday starting in July as part of a money-saving move approved Tuesday by the Lemon Grove City Council. “We’ll save $113,000 doing it this year,” said City Manager Graham Mitchell of the Friday closures. “It’s the equivalent of a pay cut of 5% in salary for the majority of employees.”
    [But they're all in it together and it's prevented more layoffs.]
    The city employs 68 staffers, but the furloughs will not affect firefighters. Lemon Grove has closed its doors on alternate Fridays this year after closing shop every Friday in 2009-10... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Canada Post announces service reductions due to strikes; work hours to be cut, The Canadian Press via google.com/hostednews
    TORONTO, Ont., Canada - ..Canada Post will cut staffing levels at its mail sorting plants and reduce the frequency of mail deliveries in urban centres across the country to adjust to lower volumes since rotating strikes began, the Crown corporation says... Canada Post has said its latest offer includes annual wage increases that for current employees would bring the top wage rate to $26 an hour, job security, no changes to a defined benefit pension plan, medical benefits and "generous'' vacation leave that tops out at seven weeks per year... - see whole article under today's date.
  3. Companies Consider Furloughs to Reduce Labor Costs, Talent Management magazine via talentmgt.com
    CHICAGO, Illin. - ..""Furloughs used to be limited to manufacturing companies that have been shut down, but we've seen over the last year or more - with the downturn of the economy and companies struggling for actions that go beyond layoffs and restructuring - furloughs have become an attractive option to restructuring and layoffs as a way for organizations to keep the people they need but also [cut] labor costs down," McMullen said. Often, it isn't just the company that benefits from furloughs. "While there are obviously employer benefits to furloughs in terms of reducing labor costs, a furlough can be attractive to some employees as well"... - 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, June 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 -
    doom du jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • U.S. owes $62 trillion - Unfunded obligations amount to $534,000 per household, by Dennis Cauchon, USA Today p.1A.
    [Compare the national debt limit of $14.3T currently under debate - see story below.]
    The federal government's financial condition deteriorated rapidly last year, far beyond the $1.5T in new debt taken on to finance the budget deficit, a USA Today analysis shows. The government added $5.3T in new financial obligations in 2010, largely for retirement programs such as Medicare and Social Security. That brings to a record $61.6T the total of financial promises not paid for. This gap between spending commitments and revenue last year equals more than one-third of the nation's GDP...
    [whose constructive portion is actually much lower (making the gap a larger fraction of it) because the GDP is currently inflated with a lot of destructive activity such as military production and operations and medical production and response to substandard labor conditions such as produce black lung disease in coal mining. Clearly we need what PM Luigi Einaudi imposed on postwar Italy = no government spending law passes without a prior or concurrent government law to finance it = budget sustainability.]
    Medicare alone took on $1.8T in new liabilities, more than the record [annual] deficit..debate[d] between Congress and the White House over lifting the debt ceiling. Social Security added $1.4T in obligations, partly reflecting longer life expectancies [which will soon reverse in a decaying America]. Federal and military retirement programs added more to the financial hole too....
    The $61.6T in unfunded obligations amounts to $534k per household [which] is more than five times what Americans have borrowed for everything else - mortgages, car loans and other debt. It reflects the challenge as the number of retirees soars over the next 20 years and seniors try to collect on those spending promises..\..
    Corporations would be required to count these new liabilities when they are taken on - and report a big loss to shareholders. Unlike businesses, however, Congress postpones recording spending commitments until it writes a check....
    USA Today has calculated federal finances based on standard accounting rules since 2004 using data from the Medicare and Social Security annual reports and the little-known audited financial report of the federal government [which branch?]...
  • Government's mountain of debt, USA Today, 4A.
    The federal government has made financial promises of historic size [$61.6] - and the national debt limit Congress is debating [9.7+4.6=$14.3T] represents just one-sixth of that...
    [Actually just over one-fourth (61.6/14.3=4.3).]
  • Stocks continue to slump over economic, banking worries [Dow down 61.15 to 12089.96] - Investors fear slowing growth, Fed limits on financial sector, USA Today, 4B.
    [Under the circumstances, you'd think they'd have the sense to start fearing the lack of Fed limits on the financial sector.]
    Are stocks repeating last year's spring dip?
    USA Today, 1B.
  • Second-mortgage misery - Nearly 40% who borrowed against homes are underwater.
    Wall Street Journal, A1.
  • Fed's QE2 has buoyed assets [for the Swiss bank accounts of the rich], not pay [for the consumer base via the employee basement] - Temporary economic boost? [no, just bubbles].., Investor's Business Daily, A1.
    [So the unsustainable imbalance of a huge financial industry with shrinking fundamentals got worse.]
  • IBD/TIPP poll - Americans: Cut government to revive economy - Support for lowering taxes - Bipartisan majorities back GOP's main argument in budget showdown, Investor's Business Daily, A1.
    [If they said cut the workweek to revive the economy with that old black magic of labor shortage that has always centrifuged the money clump at the top and avoided the dread Black $ Hole of depression, they'd be right. But that would require learning from history...]
  • Many dead Greeks still getting pension - Labour minister vows to crack down on fraud, Financial Post, FP14.
    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. Finley Says Federal Budget Means Good Things for Norfolk, CD98.9 via cd989.com
    NORFOLK, Ont., Canada - The federal budget is out and our local MP Diane Finley says it will protect jobs from being lost by extending the work sharing program that has already protected 500 jobs in this area... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Crow Tribe lays off 150 people, BillingsGazette.com
    BILLINGS, Mont. - ..The unexpected costs weren't the only reason for the challenging fiscal picture, Howe said. A decrease in income from mineral leases and other revenue shortfalls had caused the executive branch to cut full-time employees to 32 hours a week, he said
    ... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Actually, they could have survived much better by keeping everyone employed for as short a workweek as necessary. And native American tribes are theoretically the best subjects for this strategy because they have a natural solidarity, but at least the hours cuts they did do obviated even more layoffs.]
    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.



    Sun-Mon., June 5-6, 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    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 -

  • Strapped colleeges resort to fee hikes - Mass. students feeling brunt, 6/6 Boston Globe, A1.
    [Talk about punishing the victim - now young people have to pay more to be kept out of the sour job market.]
  • Body shops - Unveiling a global network of organ brokers, bone thieves, [blood farmers] and child traffickers..,
    6/05 Boston Sunday Globe, K1 pointer to K6 book review of Scott Carney's The Red Market.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Foreclosure aid for the jobless is falling short - Finger-pointing grows - Money goes unspent as the administration's efforts stumble, 6/05 New York Times, A1.
    [Too bad Obama & team are as time-blind as Pres. Hoover, who at least once opined that shorter hours was the quickest way to create jobs but failed to realize how central, strategic, omni-balancing and urgent it was a policy priority = a "pearl of great price" to which he should have subordinated every other project and "priority."]
  • Dow on longest losing streak since 2004,
    6/05 Boston Sunday Globe, G5.
  • No debate, noise on immigration - [Mass. State] Senate quietly OK's measure, avoiding repeat of last year['s circus],
    6/05 BSG, B1.
    [They came out with the right answer, get control of our borders, but wouldn't it be better if the quietness was in the form of a secret ballot on a public referendum to decide this issue? It's hard to get common-sense measures passed in a public vote when the opposition is demonizing you, deifying themselves and talking nothing but human-interest heart-wrenching instead of discussing long-term sustainability. There are probably enough people worried about illegal immigration and overpopulation these days that a secret ballot would come out with sustainable common sense, but meanwhile it's probably the biggest single issue that is sending independents flying over to the right, because unaccountably, lots of green lefties still haven't connected greenness with steady-state immigration = one out, one in.]
  • Michael Loucks is now a zealous corporate defender after a career prosecuting health care fraud,
    6/05 BSG, A1 pointer to A3.
    Ex-[Boston] prosecutor shifts allegiance to drug makers, by Duff Wilson, NYT via 6/05 BSG, A3 target.
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Michael K. Loucks was arguably the nation's most influential [and effective] prosecutor of health care fraud...as a cross between a firebrand preacher and a charismatic litigator... Fortune magazine..: "Why do drug companies fear this man? Maybe because he's declared all-out war on cheats in the drug industry."
    But a year and a half ago, Loucks, a Republican, left the U.S. attorney's office in Boston after he was passed over for the top post and Pres. Obama appointed a Democrat...
    [Another Obama brain lapse. Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus in 1982, said several years later that what he would do differently if he had it all to do over again was ... he would hire the very best qualified people he could find for each of his top jobs instead of hiring for other reasons like friendship (or, presumably, political party).]
  • A warming planet struggles to free itself, 6/05 NYT, A1.
    hope du jourtm  TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
    Google Search newsclips of what the world's doing that's on the right track - here's our latest ranking of leading countries - the core solution is so obvious, nobody's noticing it - usually it's just one item on a list - few yet realize it's the ink & paper of the list itself - it's our closest candidate to a single all-sufficient control and despite *dismissal by the 'experts,' it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every downturn by businesses & governments, for ex.,*Wash. State's video on replacing downsizing with timesizing alias 'shared work' - in each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hours-cuts or furloughs -
  1. Work-Sharing is Not a Solution to the Unemployment Problem, 6/6 WallStreetPit.com
    [Yes it is, because making this argument forces you to ignore too many germane factors, such as technological productivity leaps and hidden unemployment. Not to mention the need to sell your workaholics' productivity to someone with wages to spend - and that excludes all the .]
    CHICAGO, Illin. - Among the European left, it is common to demand legislation which mandates that each worker may work maximum 35-hour or even 30-hours per week. The French Socialist President managed to pass this reform a decade or so ago. The idea is that forcing workers to work fewer hours will lead to more jobs for the unemployed, and also that this is good for workers... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Statistics show Southern Europeans work longer than Germans, 6/05 AlbuquerqueExpress.com
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Last month Ms Merkel said Southern Europeans work less and shorter hours than Germans. But a report published by a French bank has challenged her statement... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Merkel is another demonstration that a lot of Germans don't even know what they're doing right or understand that the Protestant or Puritan work ethic is history in the age of robotics. It's "work smart, not hard" and spread the work and wages to fund consumer spending, or watch your workaholic economy wither and die for lack of an anchoring domestic consumer-base and employment-basement. The survivor economies of the future will guarantee full employment and maximum domesic consumer spending by cutting the workweek as deep as that may require, and of course, automatically converting overtime into training and hiring.]
    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, June 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 -
    doom du jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • Job market loses momentum [what momentum?] - U.S. adds just 54,000 positions in May, as unemployment rate ticks up to 9.1% [from 9.0].., WSJ, A1.
  • Stocks fell as the jobs report rattled investors, WSJ, A1 pointer to B5.
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 97.29 points, or 0.79%, to 12151.26, to end[?] its fifth straight losing streak.
  • Eric Rosengren [Boston Fed prez] warns on vulnerability of funds, Boston Globe, B5.
    ..to Europe's debt crisis...
    [Never mind ours. Hey, has anyone quantified Europe's and put it beside our $13,300,000,000,000 hole?]
  • War of ideas overshadows job struggle [in Congress], NYT, B1.
    [But what do Congressmen know about the job struggle? And so predictably, their "ideas" are totally inside, not outside, the box - not that what USA DID for over 100 years in adjusting the workweek was particularly "outside the box"... The Republicans still want basically No Government Jobs and No Regulations (except in their favor, especially if they're already wealthy CEOs). The Dems still want Any-Many Government Jobs and Any-Many Regulations - even when it turns into a burgeoning maximum of stifling details. And the obvious third-way alternative flips each of those terms in favor of a stable minimum of freeing generalizations, theoretically just one = a Single All-Sufficient Regulation, so well designed and centrally positioned in the Body Economic that it safely supercedes all other regulations. The closest we can come to that in our lifetime - since 60-70% of all modern governments is compensating for job scarcity and jobneeder surplus - is Timesizing. And it's market-oriented, freedom-expanding (in terms of financially secure Free Time), gradual (step by step), inflation-blocking. ]
  • Another tough immigrant bill [Alabama], NYT, A1 pointer to A10.
    [In the absence of common sense on a national scale, where we're clinging to welcoming that "wretched refuse from your teeming shore" and predictably becoming teeming and wretched ourselves, the beleaguered southern states are trying to get a grip, starting with Arizona and now Alabama. Btw, O'bama would probably have had no birther issue if he'd been born there in À-la-BAMA.]
  • [Tribute to a hero - Dr.] Jack Kevorkian, 1928-2011, NYT, A1.
    [Now who's going to help Americans with one of their big underlying problems = their propensity to take longer to say goodbye than Beethoven took to end the Fifth Symphony? There's a lot to be said for graceful departures under our own control, and that's another thing that Europe beats us at.]
    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. Unpopular cuts part of budget city plans to adopt Wednesday, North County Times via nctimes.com
    ESCONDIDO, Calif. - ..Wendy Barker, the history center's executive director, said the city cut would reduce the center's overall budget by roughly 25% and require layoffs and shorter hours. She said the center might also have to close on Mondays... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. 'Horrific' plans to cut hours at Lillington library face criticism, Leamington Spa Today via The Leamington Spa Courier via leamingtoncourier.co.uk
    LEAMINGTON, Warks., UK - “SHOCKING” plans to slash library opening times in one of Leamington’s most deprived areas have been condemned. Warwickshire County Council has proposed cutting opening hours at Lillington library from 37.5 to 20 hours per week in a 27% cut to the service’s budget over three years. At Leamington town council last week, Councillor Sarah Boad called to keep hours as long as possible, and urged community groups to move in and help... - 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.



    Friday, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • Flextronics to lay off 250 of its Massachusetts staff,
    Boston Globe, B1 pointer to B5.

    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 -
  • E-mail fraud that comes with a friendly face, by Richtel & Kopytoff, NYT, A1.
    ..The e-mail appears to come from a colleague down the hall... All he asks is that you add some personal information to a company database... This is spear phishing, a rapidly proliferating form of fraud...
    [Squeeze people between a frozen or rising pre-tech workweek and waves of automation and robotics and you get ... desperation and dishonesty.]

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Situation Room, with Wolf Blitzer, CNN Cable News 5pm Boston.
    Only 54,000 jobs were created in May while economists expected 150,000...
    [and that's only half of what we need just to keep up with population.]
  • Pinched by fuel, shoppers pull back elsewhere, Boston Globe, B7.
    Upscale merchants and retailers who sell gas posted strong sales growth for May but many other retailers saw momentum wane, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to B3.
  • Blue chip stocks dropped after another dose of soft economic data, with the Dow industrials losing 41.59 points, or 0.3%, to 12248.55, Wall Street Journal, A1 pointer to C6.
  • Banks caught in squeeze play, WSJ, C18.
    [- of their own devising -]
  • Statements skip over REIT's woes, NYT, B1.
    [and over every other investment instrument's woes.]
  • Goldman Sachs faces subpoena in meltdown inquiry - 'This is just another thorn in Goldman's side,' Law Prof. Peter Henning of Wayne State, Boston Globe, B6.
    [And richly deserved.]
  • The mistake of 2010, op ed by Paul Krugman, NYT, A19.
    Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York published a blog post about the “mistake of 1937,” the premature fiscal and monetary pullback that aborted an ongoing economic recovery and prolonged the Great Depression. As Gauti Eggertsson, the post’s author points out, economic conditions today — with output growing, some prices rising, but unemployment still very high — bear a strong resemblance to those in 1936-37. So are modern policy makers going to make the same mistake?... In fact, in important ways we have already repeated the mistake of 1937. Call it the mistake of 2010: a “pivot” away from jobs to other concerns, whose wrongheadedness has been highlighted by recent economic data...
    Back when the original 2009 Obama stimulus was enacted, some of us warned that it was both too small and too short-lived. In particular, the effects of the stimulus would start fading out in 2010... By the beginning of 2010, it was already obvious that these concerns had been justified. Yet somehow an overwhelming consensus emerged among policy makers and pundits that nothing more should be done to create jobs, that, on the contrary, there should be a turn toward fiscal austerity...
    Somehow it became conventional wisdom that the deficit, not unemployment, was Public Enemy No. 1 — a conventional wisdom both reflected in and reinforced by a dramatic shift in news coverage away from unemployment and toward deficit concerns. Job creation effectively dropped off the agenda.
    So, here we are, in the middle of 2011. How are things going? ...Long-term interest rates have fluctuated with optimism or pessimism about the economy; a recent spate of bad news has sent them down to about 3%, not far from historic lows. And the news has, indeed, been bad. As the stimulus has faded out, so have hopes of strong economic recovery. Yes, there has been some job creation — but at a pace barely keeping up with population growth. The percentage of American adults with jobs, which plunged between 2007 and 2009, has barely budged since then. And the latest numbers suggest that even this modest, inadequate job growth is sputtering out. So, as I said, we have already repeated a version of the mistake of 1937, withdrawing fiscal support much too early and perpetuating high unemployment.
    Yet worse things may soon happen. On the fiscal side, Republicans are demanding immediate spending cuts as the price of raising the debt limit and avoiding a U.S. default. If this blackmail succeeds, it will put a further drag on an already weak economy. Meanwhile, a loud chorus is demanding that the Fed and its counterparts abroad raise interest rates to head off an alleged inflationary threat. ..The European Central Bank is already raising rates, and the Fed is under pressure to do the same. Further attempts to help the economy expand seem out of the question. So the mistake of 2010 may yet be followed by an even bigger mistake. Even if that doesn’t happen, however, the fact is that the policy response to the crisis was and remains vastly inadequate. Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it; we did, and we are. What we’re experiencing may not be a full replay of the Great Depression, but that’s little consolation for the millions of American families suffering from a slump that just goes on and on.
    [But Krugman himself is refusing to learn from history: (1) In 1938, FDR finally turned to the strategy he should have backed five years earlier: he established a nationwide workweek max and started lowering it. Unemployment in '38, 39, 40 went from 19.0 to 17.2 to 14.6% as the workweek went from 44 to 42 to 40 hours: roughly 1% down for every hour cut from the workweek BEFORE the "deus ex machina" of World War II started for the U.S. with Lend Lease in March '41 and Pearl Harbor in December; (2) Krugman never learns from the ineffectuality of his appeals from weakness, appeals for consolation, compassion, pity for "the millions of American families suffering," to just DROP the weeping and wailing and TRANSLATE SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS INTO THE SELF-INTEREST OF THE SUPER-RICH, which is pretty easy since they have nothing sustainable to invest in and are just blowing one investment bubble after another, pop-pop-pop. Sustainable investments take marketable productivity to invest in, and we're never going to get that while promoting wage-depressing labor surplus by downsizing and outsourcing and free trade and unlimited immigration instead of timesizing and training and fair trade and steady-state migration, one out - one in.]
    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. Eagle Ford boosts railroad activity, MySanAntonio.com
    SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - ..Union Pacific has not only rehired all the Texas workers it furloughed during the 2007-09 recession, it now is hiring new workers in Eagle Pass, Laredo and San Antonio, including for the re-opened East Yard in San Antonio, which already has added about 25 employees... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Ministry set to enforce summer working hours, The Saudi via SaudiGazette.com.sa
    HA'IL, Saudi Arabia - ..The law bars work in sun-exposed conditions from midday to 3 P.M. for the entirety of July and August, and the ministry has reiterated that the measure will be strictly imposed... The law also stipulates that employees are to work no more than eight hours a day or 48 hours per week, depending on each company’s schedule policy. Those hours are reduced in Ramadan for Muslims to six and 36, but can be increased to nine a day or reduced to six depending on the nature of the employee’s work, its inherent dangers or repetitiveness...- 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.



    Thursday, June 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

    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' -

  • Hologic buys medical distributor [TCT International of China for $135m in cash], Boston Globe, B6.

    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 -
  • Taxpayers could lose about $14,000,000,000 of the bailout money [they were forced to] extend..to the car industry, according to the latest White House estimate, WSJ, A1 pointer to B3.
    [And despite this massive corporate socialism and taxpayer ripoff -]
    Auto sales slip in May, Boston Globe, B6.
    [If the dumbdumb Tea Party succeeds in destroying government, how do they propose to keep indebting taxpayers to bloat CEOs? Intertribal warfare?]
  • Fraudsters thrive in a parallel Web universe - Malware economy - Criminals rival Silicon Valley in development of business models, Financial Times, FT4.
    [= more private-sector makework. Make it harder to earn an honest living than a dishonest one and people will gravitate toward the less hard. Note the layers of wasteful private-sector makework in the supposed inner sanctum of efficiency and productivity: virus writing and checking, popup writing and blocking, spyware writing and removing, rootkit writing and extracting... When your computer software outpaces your social software cuz you're trying to preserve an outdated Work Long Hours To Get Ahead work ethic and some arbitrary level of the workweek forEVER, you screw up EVERything.]
    Threats pile up in war that never ends - Intrusions are the norm while social networking and mobile devices are adding to worries, Financial Times, FT4.

    tsunami of BANKRUPTCIES in the news (archives) - staunched only by risky war or safe timesizing -
  • Tecce's seeks [Ch.11] bankruptcy protection - Eatery says Big Dig caused financial woes [50% sales drop], BG, B5.

    spiraling ECONOMIC DECLINE via $$ funnel-up (archives) - solved by war, or smarter, timesizing -
  • Things that go slump in the night [eg: the world's economy], Financial Times, FT12. [And -]
    Double dip ahead? - U.S. recovery stalls, Financial Times, FT1 pointer to FT9.
    [By what kind of doctored-up indexes are we still calling this a "recovery" and speaking of a "double dip" when it's plainly just a diagonal downward spiral with each up-arc seized upon by nervous-wealthy nit-wits with repeating nightmares of tumbrels and guillotines. Here's Wall Street's version -]
  • Economic outlook darkens - Markets stumble as factories, hiring slow down; Biggest drop in stocks in a year [Dow down 2.2%], Wall Street Journal, A1.
    ["Darkens"? = just what you'd expect at night with nightmares. Here's the NY Times-Boston Globe's version -]
    Markets sour on weaker outlook - Stocks' showing is worst since Aug. - Economy may be losing steam, NYT via BG, B5.
    [Either that or the Big Smile is getting too strained to look convincing. Financial Times reprise -]
    Financials battered after jobs data signal weak consumer demand, Financial Times, FT22.
    [Finally somebody's connected consumer demand to jobs! Our wealthy decision makers have sacrificed growth to their paranoia about inflation (our only tool currently is raising interest rates and clobbering growth) and have sacrificed sustainable investments dba marketable productivity for low-wage house servants and notching up on the pecking order, like peacocks working on a STILL BIGGER TAIL.]
  • Vital [or morbid] signs - The mortgage market is moribund, WSJ, A1 graph caption.
    ..remains near levels last seen in 1997. Even though mortgage rates have fallen back to their lowest levels since November, there is no sign that they are drawing more buyers into the housing market.
    [Well, what the hey do you expect when you get a government program subsidizing home purchases to lure in all potential buyers for the next five years and then end the program = another reason to quit dragging government into private-sector screwups! Let the chips fall where they may or people never learn the lessons, except that they can keep taking huge risks and a bunch of innocent bystanders will be forced to rescue them. And speaking of risk -]
  • U.S. economic worries reduce risk appetite, Financial Times, FT22.
    [Wal, thenk the Lawd fer thet! Like we need more risk right now?? Oops, some clowns were cushioned and never learned -]
  • Big banks are boosting profits through commodities trading, taking advantage of heightened volatility and the run-up in prices, WSJ, A1 pointer to C1.
    [= exactly what Bob Wilmers said two days ago - click on past Dooms du jour, scan down to 5/31/2011 under ECONOMIC DECLINE, last item "The good banker."]
  • Fears over recovery bolster Treasuries, Financial Times, FT1.
    [Sounds like it could be good news, right?..but waitaminute -]
    The economy needs a borrower of last resort, by Kelly Evans, WSJ, C1.
    ...The yield on 10-year U.S. government debt [Treasuries], often a proxy for growth, has sunk back below 3%. It could be a chilly summer..\..
    [OK, that's from the end of Kelly's article. What about the beginning, about needing a borrower of last resort, or somebody, something, to actually USE the huge concentrated Black Hole of money crushed into the accounts of the richest 0.01% of the population, where as always in a depression, it is mostly sitting idly - like the tens of millions of idled employees outside the topmost tier of the income scale. Remember, "Cutting taxes on the rich creates jobs!"? Ok, SHOW US the jobs.]
    A lack of funds isn't hampering the U.S. economy right now. it is a lack of demand for them.
    [Cuz by freezing a pre-tech 1940 workaholic freedom-hating 40-hour workweek forever and thus fostering a huge and growing surplus of jobseekers relative to natural market-demanded jobs - mostly through downsizing instead of timesizing - our dumb CEOs have funneled a deadly supersized share of the money supply into their own few hands (0.01% is all of 30,000 Americans). They're way beyond what they can spend and considerably beyond what they can even sustainably invest. Cuz that would take not just productivity to invest in, but marketable productivity - and with less and less jobs, there's less and less wages, and less and less spending, and less and less markets, and, daadadadaaaa, less and less marketable productivity to sustainably invest in. (I'm a linguist who's studied more languages than he knows, but I still, like Bruce Willis in Fifth Element, just speak two = good English and bad English, and there's times, like here, where bad English is clearer.) ]
    That is why the Federal Reserve has so little to show for its latest government-bond-buying program, which was launched last November and winds down this Monday... Of each dollar spent by the Fed, less than 50 cents is making its way into the "real" economy.
    [And the rest is getting funneled into, and compacted in, and de-activated and de-circulated in, the hands of the super-rich.]
    Moreover, the change in velocity of money, or the speed at which it circulates, has turned negative once again on a year-on-year basis.
    [That's what I've been TELLING you for years! This is braindead obvious from the worktime economics viewpoint, but you'll only find it here and on a few other websites near the top of our links page.]
    That doesn't bode well for economic growth adn is partly [99%] why the "recovery" [our quotes] has remained so anemic. It also underscores the impotence of monetary policy right now. Quite simply, households are working to work off existing debts and have little desire for new borrowing.
    [And c'mon Kelly, more and more households AREN'T WORKING and have NULL income to pay off old debts or qualify for new borrowing, thanks to four decades of downsizing, instead of timesizing. Sometimes ya'd just like to kidnap a WSJ reporter or two and force them to repeat over and over again the raw bad news that they're so averse to admitting. Or maybe it's their editors. Or maybe it's the super-rich self-insulees who own the presses.]
  • Moody's downgrades Greece's debt [3 notches from B1 to Caa1], AP via BG, B6.
  • Australia's GDP shrinks, Financial Times, FT1 pointer to FT4.
    Australian dollar suffers fall [1.2% in 1Q11], Financial Times, FT22.
  • China growth slows, Financial Times, FT1 pointer to FT5.
    [So what the heck is the problem? Portugal has the clue -]
  • Voters vented concerns, Financial Times, FT1 pointer to FT3.
    Many Portuguese voters say their political leaders are ignoring ordinary people's problems as they campaign for Sunday's general election.
    [And the biggest problem? Jobs. And the usual politician response? No jobs or makework or war. And the only effective long-term response? Sharework and timesizing.]
    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. Kate Moss Changes Wedding Date... - Tom Ford mentioned more details about those nasty letters, Jezebel.com
    PARIS, France - ..They would call the fiscal police, and they would show up at our offices. You are not able to work an employee more than 35 hours a week. They're like Nazis, those police. They'd come marching in, and you had to let them in and they'd interview my secretary. And they can fine you and shut you down... - see whole article under today's date.
    [Those were the bad old days of the overtime police in France. Much better to design the top of the workweek as an overtime-to-jobs conversion threshold rather than an absolute cutoff.]
  2. Unions and employers reject gov't draft reforms, CTK via Prague Daily Monitor via praguemonitor.com
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Czech trade unions and employers rejected yesterday the government-proposed pension and health care reforms and they will also demand the introduction of "kurzarbeit," Jaroslav Hanak, chairman of the Confederation of Industry, has told journalists. "Kurzarbeit" is a system where work hours in companies faced with problems are cut short and the state compensates the employees for a part of the lost wages... - 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) -
  • British firm [Sagentia] to add 20 jobs in Mass., Boston Globe, B6.
    [Oh happy day! Our troubles are over - not.]



    Wednesday, June 1, 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 jour
    tm = 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 -
    - free consulting to writers who want to set a scene or plotline in a timesizing society -

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

  • A driver of the recovery loses momentum, but Kelly Evans, WSJ, C1.
    ..Manufacturing, the stalwart of this recovery, looks to be faltering...
    [Manufacturing? U.S. manufacturing?? Is this a joke? WHAT U.S. manufacturing?!]
    ..U.S. manufacturing index fell to a level of about 57 in May from 60.4 in April...
    [This at a time when, if we were following Germany's strategies, our manufacturing index would be 80.4.]
  • Housing imperils recovery - home prices sink to 2002 levels - ..effectively wiping out a decade's worth of home equity across the nation...
    [Could "Workweek imperils recovery" sound any less likely? But a frozen 1940 workweek hand in hand with seven decades of technological disemployment has created a wage&market depressing labor surplus of historic proportions, not to mention the unprecedented black hole of decirculated trillion$ in an arrogant, short-sighted, pecking-order-obsessed, insulated and isolated 0.01% of the population. No wonder that (rest of headline) -]
    Consumer confidence falls as pessimism grows, WSJ, A1.
    [Instead of sweating the details, like housing and banking, we should be going for the jugular, JOBS, and adjusting the workweek downward against technological disemployment and all its evil offshoots, however short it takes to restore full employment and robust consumer spending (70% of the economy that we usually ignore!).]
  • Vital signs - Consumers became more pessimistic last month, WSJ, A1 graph caption.
    The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index slipped to 60.8 in May from 66 in April. ..Expectations for what the economy and job market will look like over the next six months showed marked deterioration.
  • Sour economic data send 10-year Treasury yields to five-month lows,
    WSJ, C1 pointer to C10.
  • Asia's emerging-market growth engines appear to be downshifting in the face of rising inflation and interest-rate increases, WSJ, A1 pointer to A15.
  • Reconstruction lifts economy after [Japan's] disasters - New jobs are created to erase the rubble, NYT, A1.
    [As predicted, anything that creates a wage-raising, spending-spurring labor shortage, however disastrous, makes capitalism humm. The intelligent, non-wasteful way to do it is workweek reduction rather than wars, plagues, or earthquakes and tsunamis.]
    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. A crucial test for consolidation in city and county, Sacramento Bee via sacbee.com
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - ..Meanwhile, city and county officials are trying to escape from a downward spiral in their animal care agencies. Budget and staffing cuts during the recession have forced shorter hours and fewer services, and there's little reason to expect much improvement soon... - see whole article under today's date.
  2. Hours cut at Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head library branches, Hilton Head Island Packet via islandpacket.com
    BEAUFORT, S.C. [pronounced BYOOfert - we kid thee not!] - Three Beaufort County libraries will cut a total of 66 hours from their weekly operating schedules to reduce the burden on shorthanded staff. Beginning Monday, hours at the Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head branches will drop to 40 per week ... - 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) -
  • British firm [Sagentia] to add 20 jobs in Mass., Boston Globe, B6.
    [Oh happy day! Our troubles are over - not.]