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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 that 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, & despite *dismissal by 'experts,' it's the world's most common (but least publicized & yet-to-be fully exploited) response to downturn & it's reinvented thousands of times a day in every recession by businesses & governments. In each case, more jobs would have been lost without the hourscuts or furloughs -
BOISE, Ida., USA - ...To provide later appointment hours, Rehab Systems will be open Mon-Thurs until 5:30pm and Friday until 4pm. To compensate for extra time worked during the week, staff members will have every other Friday off work, resulting in 75 hours worked for each 2-week pay period [instead of 80 = avg. 37.5-hr workweek, down from 40]... Coyote Design will be open 4 days each week and will be closed on Fridays. Changes in hours will not affect employee pay... “While this is a hit in terms of workable hours, we feel that with extra time off for family, friends, hobbies and enjoying the great area we live in, our staff will more than make up for those hours in enthusiasm, engagement and general happiness, all of which leads to better customer service and performance,” Matt Perkins, president and CEO of Rehab Systems and Coyote Design, said... “We feel this move will actually create more productivity, and long-term success of both companies. I have already seen a higher level of teamwork and efforts toward efficiency with these moves.” - see whole article under today's date.
MANAMA, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council has rejected attempts to amend the labour law and successfully upheld its own decision...that employees and workers in the private sector should work a maximum of eight hours a day or 40 hours a week... The Shura was reacting to a proposal by the government to amend Article 98 of the Labour Law to allow employers to make their employees work for nine hours a day, or 45 hours a week... - see whole article under today's date.
[Kudos to the Shura Council for staying firmly in the 20th century instead of going back to the 19th century on workhours as the government, evidently dominated by short-sighted employers whose heads have yet to get anywhere near the age of robotics, has been trying to impose. If only the "Standard Working Week Committee" of Hong Kong was this advanced, but they can't even get to the level of a standard workweek, let alone a 40-hour one.]
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 can't simply project a pre-computer 40-hour workweek indefinitely 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 email@example.com -
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further *OVERPOPULATING the *"rich" countries, where most of the assets are *owned by the *top 1%, with "too much of a good thing" relative to job market & schools & lowcost housing & safetynet & fresh-water supplies..., especially when tax dismissiveness by the wealthy has replaced *stewardship - In a finite biosphere, *every country should be moving to *steady-state migration (1998) alias *replacement immigration (2010 update) *(one out, one in) & birth policy (one death, one birth) or at least polling for citizens' felt limits on population as in Timesizing's Phase 5 - as Roy Beck says, the problem MUST be solved where it starts - you can't save the world by moving it here & importing other countries' problems, while letting them duck the costs of their population carelessness & delay the reckoning thanks to money wired 'home' by expats -
[...being careful to exclude the million migrants they're taking in. And how is it that we started calling 6% "low," when "low" in the prosperous 50s and 60s was below 4%?! - aside, of course, from that cynical move by the Fed to foster the NAIRU = the non-accelerating-inflation rate of unemployment ... which kept drifting up at their pleasure... And that SIX percent should be regarded as a RECORD low?!... well, look no further for an explanation of our "slow recovery" dba sanitized depression.]
lootin'- & layoff-triggering TAKEOVERS in the news (archives) = prelude to downsizing, last refuge of shortsighted CEOs - Can't grow your market share the old-fashioned honest way (=more customers)? Buy another company's mkt share! Then see overlap & lay off more of your customers' customers! = suicidal joke: Sustainable CEOs don't do Mergers&Acquisitions =M&As except in cases of corporate extrèmis like bankruptcy -
China National Chemical is nearing a $43 billion deal for Syngenta, marking one of China's most ambitious overseas takeover efforts, WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:2.
wall of BREAKUPS & BANKRUPTCIES (archives), lowerable by timesizing -
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - you can't get growth (UPsizing) by downsizing but you can by timesizing -
Yahoo signaled a possible sale of its Web properties, saying it would explore strategic alternatives and cut about 15% of its workforce, WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:3.
[And as we commented yesterday, Yahoo should be slashing 15% of the workweek for everyone and keeping all employed! An economy can't survive an entropy dump of sending spending power into storage in the topmost tiny bracket, but it can survive an entropy dump of more, job-secure Free Time for everyone.]
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 -
[We're sooo relieved!]
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...too military, & all axed at the root by full employment via first-aid worksharing & sustainable timesizing -
[Ah, the security of familiarity!]
Defense chief Carter said the U.S. would direct more funds to tackle challenges from Russia and China, as well as the battle against ISIS, WSJ, A1 pointer to A3.
[Oh whew, what a relief - back to the good ol' cold war! But will it bring back the relative prosperity of 1950-1975 with a much bigger global population and self-mutilating dismissal of immigration laws, a much corrupter financial sector that views conflict of interest as synergy, a much dumber nonrenewable-energy sector that's going bankrupt trying to bankrupt renewables, and nitwits all over the world, led by Cameron and Hollande, still trying to demonize shorter workweeks in the age of 24/7 robotics and A.I.?]
[Or bigger fears that they won't?]
[Well, BP for one deserves it for its Gulf of Mexico mess-up.]
Aerospace: WestJet [Airlines] dives on Alberta woes - 'Not clear tht we've found the bottom', NP, FP1.
[Well, Westie, y'all hev got a LOT of company!]
[Already doomed by not starting at the start = An attack plan for joblessness.]
Economists, with disparate views, met in the middle of an anti-poverty strategy, Eduardo Porter writes.
[There is no "strategy" in anti-poverty, because no one with a good job is poor. It all comes down to jobs.]
Meeting in the middle of fighting poverty - Economists from left and right propose a list of ideas with bipartisan promise, NYT, B1.
[In terms of strategy, a list isn't even a baby or a foetus - it's an embryo.]
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