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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 -
LONDON, U.K. - RBS and NatWest...are considering reducing hours of business by up to 30%. That could chop two hours and 15 minutes from a working day of seven hours and 30 minutes... - see whole article under today's date.
[So, from 37.5 hrs/wk to (5x5hrs15mins=) 26.25 hrs/wk, but better hourscuts than jobcuts, timesizing than downsizing.]
BURNHAM-ON-SEA, U.K. - ...Somerset County Council have approved £7.8million worth of cuts, with £200,000 being drawn from library services.\. The reductions come as part of a money-saving scheme that sees Burnham's library lose 4 hours per week and Highbridge library's hours cut by 3½... The council also confirmed that no job posts have been lost at either library because of the reduction in opening hours... - see whole article under today's date.
[Better hourscuts than jobcuts, timesizing than 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 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 -
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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 -
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 -
joblessness-related SUICIDE in the news (archives) -
A Canadian aboriginal community of 2000 people declared a state of emergency on Saturday after 11 of its members tried taking their own lives this month and 28 tried to do so in March, according to a..declaration signed by Chief Bruce Shisheesh of the remote northern community of the Attawaspiskat Nation in Ontario [Province]...
[Never mind them. Just pull in 25,000 Syrian migrants, or maybe 50,000...]
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