Since 1999 we've been tracking the mainline of human freedom, job-secure Free Time, without which the other freedoms are irrelevant or inaccessible.
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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, & 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 -
PARIS, France - ... This Friday, Manuel Valls finally cut the grass under the feet of the Minister of Labour by excluding any worktime changes - a crackdown in good time and timing. "The French want nothing to do with controversies that pull toward the past. There will be no reconsideration in the matter of worktime or the 35 hours... The real issues are employment and growth... - see whole article under today's date.
PARIS, France - ...The 35-hour workweek is doggedly [or foxily?] supported by the majority of French people who argue that the "flagship policy" created by the leftwing government encourages "companies to take on more staff."... - 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 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 * America & Europe relative to job market & schools & lowcost housing & safetynet (if any) & 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 its citizens' limits on population variables as in Timesizing's Phase 5 - you can't save the world by moving it here & you can't solve the problem by letting the perps duck the costs of their surplus people & even benefit from $$ sent back by expats -
...High death rates shed light on the brutal tactics of people-smuggling operations. (photo caption)
[This crisis MUST be solved where it starts. Direct your creativity in that direction.]
The death toll from twin shipwrecks near Libya's coast reached 150, adding to a gruesome week in Europe's migrant crisis, as the origin of a truck crammed with the bodies of [now up to 76] migrants in Austria was investigated, WSJ, A1:1 pointer to A1:2.
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How? By adjusting the workweek down & up - instead of firing & hiring - based on a comprehensive blueprint for a green economy
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