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hope du jourtm – TIMESIZING instead of downsizing in the news (archives) -
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Google Search newsclips of what the world is doing right - and our latest ranking of leading countries: The core solution is so obvious, it's below the radar. Usually it's just one item on a list with few realizing it's the ink & paper. It's our closest candidate to the "Holy Grail" of economic design, the Single All-Sufficient Regulation, and despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized and yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn and it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses and governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
[Translation by Bing, cleanup by Phil of article with original German headlne, "Kurzarbeit beim Röhrenbauer Europipe in Mülheim"]
MÜLHEIM, Germany - ...The suspension of the South Stream gas pipeline project with Russia [has led] Europipe's parent company Salzgitter [to] hint..about possible "employment deficits" in the factory. ...Worksharing for a part of the total of 550 employees has already been agreed upon... The gap that's possibly starting could be filled by other jobs in the factory... - see whole article under today's date.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., USA - The CEO of Enerpulse Technologies on Friday said the company is moving beyond a temporary furlough of employees and is ready to move on to the commercial business. Joseph Gonnella, who has been the CEO since 2011, said that though the company did furlough 8 employees recently, all are now back at work... - see whole article under today's date.
[Furloughs not firings, timesizing not downsizing!]
Shorter hours are happening anyway, but not the best way which maintains personal income and *vital consumer spending via emergency worksharing and sustainable timesizing. We simply can't perpetuate a pre-computer 40-hour workweek forever into the age of robotics. It may be fun to sneer at believers in the fixed "lump of labor fallacy" because "there's an infinite amount of work to be done," but where's the corresponding willingness to pay for it? - and without pay, it isn't, and doesn't, work. So we need to take charge of this workweek-trimming process, systematize it and make sure it happens in a way that absorbs the surplus of jobseekers, gets employers bidding against one another for good help, thereby harnesses market forces to flexibly maintain and raise wages and spending, leeches money out of the huge black hole of income and wealth in the top 0.01%, and gets those trillions back into circulation. Shorter hours is a strategy that is reinvented hundreds of times a day across the U.S. in this recession and thousands of times a day across the world in both public & private sectors, in every industry, and in a variety of ways. Many countries and U.S. states already have worksharing programs to cushion the transition to permanently shorter workweeks that automatically adjust to our rising levels of productive technology in the Age of Robotics. These programs currently are designed to be temporary. Here's what their permanent program will look like when they finally succumb to the inevitable.
doom du jourtm = today's headlines from helltm (archives incl. hope)
- here in the context of a robust solution (see hope du jour above), you can see the bad news and the impotence of today's "experts" as portrayed in the mainstream American narratives -
- editor's comments in [square brackets] by Phil Hyde firstname.lastname@example.org -
- headlines from *Porter Sq. Bks, Cambridge MA & updating from Kate's Kaffé, Somerville MA USA -
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - you can't get growth (UPsizing) by downsizing but you can by timesizing -
...The move is a blow to Stamford, Conn... (text, C1)
non-market MAKEWORK & job desperation in the news (compare luddism in its waste of worksaving technology) (archives) - too-little too-late, too ecostressing, too special-interest, too wasteful, too artificial or especially...too military, & all axed at the root by full employment via first-aid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
A former convict who robbed a bank hoping he'd be sent back to prison told a judge he wanted to plead guilty only it he got the maximum 8-year sentence. David Potchen, 53, said he was desperate after losing his job and the room at a Gary, Ind., motel where he was living...
lootin'- & layoff-triggering TAKEOVERS in the news (archives) = prelude to downsizing, last refuge of shortsighted CEOs - Can't grow your market share with more clients? Buy another company's! Buy instead of build market share! Then see overlap & lay off more of your customers' customers! = a suicidal joke: Sustainable CEOs don't do Mergers&Acquisitions (M&As) except in cases of corporate extremis such as bankruptcy -
what HOMELAND "SECURITY"? = major makework, and a bit of a joke, even at the highest levels, as long as our computer software is so far ahead of our social software & employment maintenance -
[These complete morons fostered fear to the max with their whole 9/11 performance, set up this HUGE government agency (incidentally while attacking big goverrnment), theoretically for security but in practice universal hassle, and are now trying to use it as a "nuclear" threat to get their own increasingly disastrous-looking way.]
CRIME & PRISON in the news (archives), what happens when we make it harder to make an honest living than a dishonest one, a subset of makework, rising when jobs are scarce, falling with worksharing & timesizing -
A former convict who robbed a bank hoping he'd be sent back to prison told a judge he wanted to plead guilty only it he got the maximum 8-year sentence. David Potchen, 53, said he was desperate after losing his job and the room at a Gary, Ind., motel where he was living, the Post-Tribune reported. He admitted handing a teller a note asking for $5 and $10 bills at a bank in June. "Once I ran out of money, I couldn't bear the thought of losing everything again," Potchen, a welder with 20 years experience, told the judge on Wednesday. "I went inside, took the money, sat on the curb, and waited for them (police) to come." Potchen had served a sentence in connection with a 2001 bank robbery. Judge Clarence Murray said he found it disturbing that someone would want to serve the maximum sentence. Potchen said no one would hire him because of his criminal history, and he said he decided to rob the bank after spending a night in the woods. "I hope to God someone reads about this and offers some help to you," Murray said. "You're not a throwaway, Mr. Potchen. You have value, sir."
[Not under Leansizing Capitalism and a pre-robotics 1940 conception of "full time" employment. Seldom does the connection between surplus labor=high unemployment and crime=prison costs get so undeniable.]
[But that changes when CEOs respond with downsizing and M1 coagulation instead of timesizing.]
[Falling prices = deflation = depression, but sssssssssh, don't tell anybody! Give our unsurpassed spindoctors more of a challenge.]
[That's why God created TARIFFS, if you can possibly dedivinize Free Trade.]
...Gucci needs fixing. Sales started to fall in 2013, a sharp reversal from 17% growth as recently as 2010. ...Today Gucci's legendary double-GG marque has gone cold...
[Hey, Facebook originated in a cesspool of sexism according to the film about its origin ("The Social Network" 2010) - BU's regulatory action may be stifling a whole nother Facebook!]
[Maybe if these supposedly brainy but underpaid academics would support statewide and economywide trimming of the full-time workweek till it aligned with their "part time" and vigorous overtime-to-jobs conversion, the resulting reduction of resume surplus would raise "part"-time pay to full-time levels.]
[The Krugster thinks Greece won a meaningful trial for govenment spending vs. German-pushed austerity, but we're going to sit this one out not only because a 3-week stay of execution is not meaningful but the whole economy of Greece is messed up with the fact that it's been playing the role of money laundry for Russia and Russians.]
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