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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 -
REYKJAVIK, Iceland - ...According to the bill, which has been submitted by Pirate Party MPs Björn Leví Gunnarsson and Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson and Social Democrat MP Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, changing the definition of full time would be a matter of changing two numbers: a full work week would be defined as 35 hours instead of 40, and a full work day would be defined as 7 hours instead of 8... - see whole article under today's date.
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA -- ...Time is running out for two-dozen states to tap into federal money for expanding a widely praised employer program that has proven to save jobs, and it's up to Congress to extend the deadline... - 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. 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)
- 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 email@example.com -
- headlines from *Globe Mags&Cigars Byward Ottawa Canada & updating from *VanHoutte Café, 77 duPortage, Hull, Québec -
further OVERPOPULATING America relative to job market & safety net & fresh-water supplies & ... - In a finite biosphere, every country should be moving to steady-state migration (one out, one in) and birth policy (one death, one birth) or at least polling for its citizens' limits on population variables as in Timesizing's Phase 5 -
[whereas if Elizabeth was truly green, she'd be recommending the only things that should be delaying adoptions are a policy of steady-state migration (one out, one in) and the thousands of adoptible children already right in Canada.]
...Illegal robocalls [in Guelph, Ont. by "Conservatives" were] sent to voters in the 2011 election [as part of a] devious plan to direct non-Conservative supporters to the wrong polling station...
[Note also -]
[Some hint of how bad it's got is shown in one section of the code that says -]
..."Lobbyists should respect democratic institutions"...
[hinting that many of them don't have a clue or give a damn, and that civics education is the public school system is pathetic and entirely lacking in hammering in the equation: Democracy = System FEEDBACK. The invention/evolution of OnePerson-OneVote was evoked by the blindness of plutocracy, meaning OneDollar-OneVote. The wealthy naturally think they're in touch - while they're constantly easing their situation with more and more metaphorical "cushions" and, no pain, no change.]
[What does it take to understand (1) "It's the economy, stupid!" and (2) "the economy" is JOBS, and (3) the economy that has the most undeniably advanced police in the age of robotization is Germany with its Kurzarbeit = worksharing, and (4) Canada's federal worksharing program is just an occasional red-taped-up parading horse for embedded political megavirus, Harper. Want a narrative? Actualize emergency worksharing as *Washington State (*video) has done and upgrade it to permanent Timesizing. Meanwhile, Harper's predations range on -]
[Why fool around? Just take off the kid gloves, accredit them as legal assassins and turn Canada into an "honest-to-badness" police state! Puppydog gotta keep up with 800-pound gorilla next door!]
whaaat HOMELAND "SECURITY"? = bit of a joke, even at the highest levels, as long as our computer software is so far ahead of our 'economic software' & employment maintenance -
["Centers for Disease Control]
[& a first casualty? (- wait for it ... ) - meanwhile, ]
...The unfolding epidemic has killed more than 4,400 people, mostly in West Africa... The challenges are huge...
Scientists said the Ebola virus is very unlikely to change its mode of transmission and become airborne, WSJ, A1 pointer to A5.
[So they think all these infected nurses carelessly somehow ingested patients' bodily fluids?? They think all these hazmat suits are unnecessary??]
Nurses 'didn't feel ready' for [suspected] Ebola case [in Canada], OC, A1.
...at the Ottawa Hospital..over the holiday weekend...citing concerns about a lack of training and inadequate equipment. ...Nurses were given protective equipment that left their necks and wrists exposed, in some cases, to potential infection, said Frances Smith, president of local 83 of the Ontario Nurses Assoc.\. Some nurses..have described the experience as a "nightmare"...
[Meanwhile, overseas -]
[And as colleague Kate points out, flu season is comin'! Gonna be a lotta people to test! THAT should pad the GDP!]
non-market MAKEWORK, cf. "luddism," in the news (archives) - too-little too-late, too ecostressing, too special-interest, too wasteful, too desperate, artificial or even...too military & all axed at the root by full employment via first-aid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
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 -
...on Thursday a-greed to sell a big slice of its oil-and-gas holdings to rival Southwestern Energy Corp. for $5.38 billion...
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - you can't get growth (upsizing) by downsizing but you can by timesizing -
Nearly 1,000 compensation advisers who manage the payroll of thousands of public servants across Canada have received long-anticipated notices that their jobs will disappear as their work is consolidated at a new $300-million pay centre in Miramichi, New Brunswick.\. long-anticipated..since PM Stephen Harper announced in 2010 that the new centralized self-service pay system would move to Miramichi [in] a political trade-off for the government's plan to shut down the long-gun registry based there. The 989 pay advisers who received notices work in 22 departments that are part of the last two waves of pay accounts being transferred to Miramichi over the next 14 months. The National Capital Region [Ottawa-Gatineau] was hardest hit, with 362 advisers here receiving notices...
[Bet the self-service is going to be as "efficient" as Massachusetts Vehicle Registry's recent computerization - and opportunities for clever little sabotaging abound as Canada's worst PM in recent memory pursues his unconsultative bull-in-the-china-shop performance...]
[Nevermind investment matters less than, and is a second derivative (after business) from, employment.]
...India's labour laws..strictly regulate hiring [doubtful] and firing [doubtless] and require large amounts of paperwork that often deter companies from employing new staff [supporting data?]...
[So the new rules make it a little easier to hire? (and a lot easier to fire?) Watch the next few years as India sinks lower. This is the same thing Japan did in the late 1980s = ditched its "old-fashioned" lifetime employment guarantee and copied "modern" American downsizing and ... has been in a chain of recessions ever since. Weakening employment basement weakens consumer base which weakens business sector (while inflating investment sector) which lessens the marketable productivity required for solid investments and, calling a spade a spade, weakens the investment/financial sector.]
wall of CLOSURES &BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
epidemic HOMELESSNESS in America (archives) - so unnecessary with full employment via timesizing -
...The city of Vancouver has transitioned 56 of them into permanent housing, with another 62 in temporary shelters. (photo caption)
[But then there's the shortage of real-permanent housing -]
Think Vancouver housing is pricey? Check out its cemeteries, Ottawa Metro, 12.
...In fact, if you look closely, the real message from the market seems to be that we should be running bigger deficits and printing more money. And that message has gotten a lot stronger in the past few days...
[In deeper fact, if you examine your own retinas, the real message from the market, telegraphed to us from 1840-1940 and by repeated bouts of plaguetime prosperity across the centuries before that and wartime prosperity after that, is that capitalism always and only runs well under an employer-perceived labor shortage to maintain and raise wages&spending&markets&marketableproductivity&solidinvestments - as pointed out by Arthur Dahlberg in 1932. Capitalism runs worse and worse under a wage&spending&c. labor surplus. Which means that it's a System Requirement to respond to worksaving technology with workweek reductions, not workforce(&consumerbase) reductions. As for the invisible hand, it was actually the very visible hand of the spreading vote, spreading in the political sphere to more parts of the population, and leaking its balancing influence across into the economic sphere. Who speaks for the invisible hand? The quiet little economies that have less coagulated money supplies, like Netherlands and Scandinavia, hoping to God that the monsters of the universe oops masters of the universe on Wall Street won't notice them and start ruinously meddling. Meanwhile, check out US news manipulation -]
U.S. industrial production rebounded strongly [1%] in September.., WSJ, A1 pointer to A2.
[nevermind that -]
...Manufacturing output [only] rose 0.5% in September, following a 0.5% decline in August.\. (text, A2)
[= net zero, and moreover -]
...Retail [gas] sales..fell 0.3% in September, the Commerce Dept. said Wednesday, a sign that lower prices at the pump haven't translated yet into an upturn in consumption... (text, A2)
[Oh bummer. Guess that might take an upturn in wages. which ain't gonna happen as long as the media are spinning happyhappyhappy -]
[Well, we've compromised the "industrial gains" and the so-called "labor gains" are usually offset in the fine print with revelations about how many jobless have given up the jobsearch and how many are desperately subsisting on low-wage part-time. Anyway, seems little Canada is a little more honest about all this -]
[Gee, wonder why that would be?...]
[Oops, guess Chrysler's gotta keep up with Ford & GM! So all in all -]
Stocks swoon sends chill through debt market - A pullback by the banks is leading to a 'quest for liquidity', WSJ, C1.
[= always the attempt to dress all this grasping as Noble. All part of Damage Control. Speaking of which -]
How far equity markets will plumment is anyone's guess...
[But "every cloud has a silver lining." Right? RIGHT?? Or we can always distract -]
Stock markets slid across the eurozone, WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:6, C7.
Shares and government bonds fell hardest in Portugal and Greece...
[Then there's what should be good price drops in oil but -]
[And what should trigger priority reversal in rail but meanwhile -]
...A freight train collided with a sightseeing passenger train in northwest Arkansas..near Winslow... 50 people were aboard the two trains, and 37 were able to talk away from the accident...
[Still, we may be carrying Freight First a little too far, yathink?]
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