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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 -
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., USA — ...At least 27 states [we've heard 28] have implemented similar programs, known as “work sharing,” which are credited for reducing the number of workers unemployed during the 2008 recession... Retaining jobs in a downturn is not only critical for workers, said the senior VP of Subaru Indiana, “but to retain those skills is critical to the state of Indiana.”... “How do we not have enough brains to make this work?” said Rep. Chuck Mosely (D-Portage) tersely... - see whole article under today's date.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., USA - ...Those who have been influential in demanding workplaces with greater flexibility need to think holistically about what happens next.\. Retail workers are often forced to work hours that may seem flexible but in truth are just highly variable... Leaders in work redesign not only have to make work more flexible, but make work hours more predictable. - see whole article under today's date.
[AND more spread-around - shorter hours per person - to include more employee-consumers, unless ever-shrinking domestic markets are the goal.]
[Are the control freaks in the executive suites of relatively poor nations everywhere else learning anything from relatively wealthy Western European countries about paradoxically beneficial shorter hours, or do they actually want to be big fish in unnecessarily small ponds forever?]
TEL AVIV, Israel - ...In the coming days, the management of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange [TASE] will present a plan to members that would have the exchange close on Sunday, and the current Friday day off would become a regular work day. The TASE would open as usual at 9:30, and close at 2:00 in the afternoon Fridays, taking into account the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath before sundown... - see whole article under today's date.
[So, one full day off (Sunday) replaced by one partial day on (Friday) - sounds like a shorter workweek to me = 3 hours shorter? (from Sun.9-5? to Friday 9-2?)]
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - ...The Council of Saudi Chambers had objected to the two-day weekend, saying such a move would lead to huge losses among construction, operation and maintenance businesses, especially contract-based government projects that are based on 48-hour work weeks.\. “Two-day weekends and 40-hour work weeks are still part of the new draft labor law,” said Tayseer Al-Mufarrej, ministry spokesman, in response to a report published by an Arabic newspaper... The Shoura Council had endorsed a proposal to reduce weekly working hours in the private sector from 45 to 40 with a two-day weekend at the end of last year.
- 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.
less strategic GOOD NEWS (archives) -
• Power switch - Germany's "expensive" energy gamble [our quotes], by Matthew Karnitschnig, Wall Street Journal, A1.
...The Stromautobahn..won't carry [cars] but high-voltage electricity..stretching from the North Sea to Germany's industrial corridor in the south. The project is the linchpin of Germany's Energiewende, or energy revolution, a mammoth, trillion-euro plan to wean the country off nuclear and fossil fuels by midcentury and the top domestic priority of Chancellor Angela Merkel...
[Allzo, Germany's turning into an even more Just-DO-IT nation than China and it's a woman at the helm! First, Kurzarbeit, now Energiewende! Voss naechst?]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org -
- headlines from *Globe Mags&Cigars Byward Ottawa Canada & updating from Kate's Kaffee, Boston-Somerville, Mass. USA -
further OVERPOPULATing U.S. & Canada 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 Phase 5 of the Timesizing program -
Investor visas soaked up by Chinese - EB-5 program allows funders of U.S. projects to bypass normal wait; Supply all but gone for year, by Miriam Jordan, WSJ, A3 target article.
...Started 24 years ago [under short-sighted & class-division-developing Geo.Bush Sr.], the EB-5 program allots 10,000 visas annually to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. development projects, from dairy farms and ski resorts to hotels and bridges. In return, the investor and family members become eligible for green cards, or permanent residency, typically within two years. As of this week, the visas - [with] question[able] economic impact - are "unavailable" to Chinese individuals until the..Oct.1.\.start \of\ the 2015 fiscal year...
[A few questions: who decided this 10,000 figure? Is it for foreigners in general or just for Chinese? If in general, are there subquotas for different nationalities and what's the one for Chinese? Who decided them and on what basis? What's the definition of "U.S. development projects" and who came up with the definition and on what basis? Why isn't all this crucially important stuff for the long-term well-being and even survival of the United States of America a matter of regular binding public referendum and energetic public debate?! Switzerland leads the world in this area of direct democracy - why aren't we learning from them?! We're so much bigger? Oh please, they have a population of 9 million and what you can do for 9,000,000 you can adapt for 300 million. Cut the excuses. As Churchill said, the only cure for the flaws in democracy is MORE democracy.]
...For the past decade, Canada has opened its doors to about 250,000 immigrants and refugees a year.
[Why? What is this based on? Who decided this? Why isn't something so important based on a regular, binding public referendum?]
...Of the 3,016 participants polled by Harris/Decima [before knowing the actual figure,] 26% said there were too many, 10% said there were too few and 52% said the number was about right. The rest [12%] said they didn't know. \But if\ 43% of the Canadian adults polled wouldn't even hazard a guess \about\ how many \and\ most Canadians don't seem to have the foggiest notion... [how do we know the 52% aren't just "Go Along To Git Along's" following the path of least resistance?]
After they were told the actual number [those] who said there were too many jumped [10%] to 36%. [Those who] said too few [fell 1% to] 9%...while [those who] thought the number was about right [fell 4% to] 48%...
[And again, the same comment: how do we know the 48% aren't just "Go Along To Git Along's" following the path of least resistance? Has there been any attempt to determine the carrying capacity of Canada's landmass, granted that most of it is frozen and global warming is happening slowly so far? Has there been any attempt to determine the limitations imposed on carrying capacity by the comparative levels of employment and monetary coagulation and centrifugation, together with their typical levels of slow or rapid circulation of the money supply and engagement of the Multiplier Effect in the positive direction?]
non-market MAKEWORK 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 -
[Ah the burgeoning phenomenon of clientless self-employment as the job desperation deepens...]
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 -
[Oh sure! and I got a bridge ta sell ya ovah heeyah... da Brooklyn one.]
New fast-food giant plans global push - Tim Hortons and Burger King agree to combine in $12.5-billion deal, eye rapid expansion in the U.S. and abroad, TG, BB1.
growth-reversing DOWNSIZING in the news (archives) - you can't get growth (upsizing) by downsizing but you can by timesizing -
...eliminating its entire corporate development team and more cuts are in the works as the world's top gold miner looks to trim costs...with some staff moving into other groups. .\.Three sources familiar with the situation..were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly...
[Uh, axing your development team? Isn't that like axing your marketing dept.? Talk about suicide pills!]
[So the self-vaunted "classless society" boosts its class borders, even while pushing borderless trade (rightwing) and borderless migration (leftwing).]
[Insurmountable problem of downsizing capitalism: surplus of food, surplus of hungry people with shortage of jobs and earnings to provide markets for surplus of food. (For 'food' can substitute products, services, whatever, and for 'hungry people' can substitute deactivated consumers. Easy solution instead of straining for enough bogus busywork to fill a frozen forty-hour workweek forever: firstaid worksharing to save existing jobs, and permanent full employment via timesizing. More -]
[This is something Malthus didn't specify in his Malthusian definition of the 'dismal science' (=economics). He foresaw slow food growth and fast population growth = food shortage = starvation. He should have foreseen fast food growth, and fast population growth without jobs or spending money (except for the richest tiny population slice) = starvation. "Stop telling lies, And just timesize!"]
[Another burgeoning symptom in the declining days of downsizing-not-Timesizing capitalism = Best Buy joins the list of dying discount giants: Walmart, McDonalds, Target, Sears, Filenes... More and more mass-market-dependent firms scrambling for weaker and weaker mass markets as the money supply funnels in ever-huger percentages to ever-tinier populations of ever-richer consumers, who just don't know what to do with it.]
[Now about the FDA completing rules requiring greater disclosure about science and testing, if any, behind genetic-modification-backed crops?!]
[= ever a Good Question!]
[Of course not! In a gross&growing labor surplus, especially an officially denied one, it's always YOUR FAULT! as the powerless employee...]
[Hmm, ditto for Quebec secessionists, Basque secessionists, Nantucket secessionists...]
[With "socialists" like this, who needs capitalists? Apparently not even Hollande has noticed that the US economy does worse under pro-business administrations, generally Republican, and better under not-as-pro-business administrations, generally Democrat. If business does any more for itself, it will completely kill off its markets. Supply-side "if you produce it, it will sell" may usually happen, but the selling price is getting so low that the whole exercise is a waste of time. However, demand-side "if they demand it, you will produce it" is a surer thing, and "balance-side" is better, where you maximize consumer spending&demand not by government tax&spend but by maximizing employment, an impossible route in the robotics age without replacing downsizing with Timesizing.]
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