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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 -
PORT MANATEE, Fla., USA -- ...Starting in January, employees were furloughed one day a month. The furloughs were supposed to last through the Sept. 30 end of the port's fiscal year... Port personnel were able to give Port Manatee the breathing room it needed to grow its business in 2014. "We appreciate the support given that a mutual contribution to this situation prevented the port from having some unwanted layoffs"... - see whole article under today's date.
[Timesizing, not downsizing!]
NEW YORK, N.Y., USA - ...Salaried employees could conceivably get as much done in 33 hours as they would in 40, but they, too, would have significant issues with the 3-day workweek — especially if they tried to make up the additional two days off by working 13-hour days for a 39-hour workweek... - see whole article under today's date.
[What on earth is he talking about? "39-hour workweek"? "13-hour days"? Where the heck is all this coming from? And what, exactly, would employees be "making up" when they're on salary and not paid by the hour? Dis guy don't know what he talkin' ' bout. Is he sniping cuz someone is moving onto his Work&Family turf and getting a lot more publicity?]
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 -
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- headlines: *Globe Mags&Cigars Byward Mkt, Ottawa Canada & updating: new Moca Loca, Laval&Victoria Île de Hull, Québec -
further OVERPOPULATING these United States 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 -
[Oh that'll really solve it fershooor!]
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 -
spreading RECESSION transitioning to DEPRESSION (archives) though spun by Wall Streeters as "slow recovery" to hide their part in creating it by funneling unlimited %'s of the money supply to themselves, thus trapping it in torpid circulation in financial markets partitioned from the warp-speed circulation in consumer & business markets -
WSJ, A1 pointer to A2.
[Why are we still asking this? We've had an aphorism for centuries that gives the answer =
1) "Give a man a fish, and he'll live for a day. Teach him how to fish and..."
2) Give a person a handout and they'll live for a day. Give them a job and..."
3) Outsource your jobs and you'll transfer some wealth to superrich CEOs in the world's "poor" countries. Model full employment with no foreign dumping and you'll model a solution of full employment to the world's "poor" countries.
4) It's not the responsibility of "rich countries" to "help" the "poor" ones (which simply have longer workweeks, lower wages and more coagulated money supplies than us). It's their responsibility to model full employment without runaway inflation, and to quit talking the talking of "helping" poor countries while walking the walk of coagulating them further and pretending their own poor don't exist.]
- Identify five priorities that provide the biggest benefits for every dollar spent
[Uh, benefits for whom?]
To slash global poverty, we need to be more ruthlessly selective in setting new development goals (blowout header)
[Funny how if you keep talking "development" you can completely avoid talking jobs.]
The 49ers of France, NYT, B1 pointer to B3.
When French businesses take on a 50th employee, a slew of [company-costing] labor regulations follow.
[And it's soooo easy to use logarithms and design-in gradualism.]
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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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