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12/28/2007  friday
doom du jour tm  for lack of Timesizing (would cut labor surplus & make it a lot easier for people to earn an honest living) –\

  • 1 prison story in (j) Wall St Journal or (t) NY Times or (g) Boston Globe (archives):
    • prison healthcare costs outpace Calif. inmate population (g.A21) - by 100% to est. 4% in the last two years

    12/26/2007  boxing day
    doom du jour tm  for lack of Timesizing (that would cut labor surplus & let market forces flexibly lift wages & markets) –

  • headlines from HELL in (j) Wall St Journal or (t) NY Times or (g) Boston Globe (archives):
    • holiday spending not good, but not surprising - robust sales of luxury products could not make up for sluggish sales of jewelry ad women's clothing (g.D1) - well, well, the spending of the thousands of new millionaires and billionaires is apparently not making up for spending cuts of the millions newly pushed below the poverty line

    12/23/2007  sunday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of Timesizing (that would cut labor surplus & let market forces flexibly lift wages & markets) –
  • headlines from HELL in (j) WSJ or (t) NYT (archives):
    • firms find ways around [Mass.] state health law (g.A1)

    12/10/2007  monday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of Timesizing (which would create a perceived labor shortage & harness market forces to hike the value of labor relative to employment) –
  • mounting disability = one result of downsizing instead of timesizing, noted in (New York Times) t or (Wall St. Journal) j  (archives):
    • disability cases last far longer as backlog rises - reform plan stymied - most appeals succeed, but waits can go on for years (t.A1)
  • headlines from HELL in (j) WSJ or (t) NYT (archives):
    • U.S. mortgage crisis rivals [1990s’] S&L meltdown - toll of economic shocks may linger for years - a global credit crunch (j.A1) - so the self-destruct phase of unlimited-$concentration capitalism proceeds apace?

    12/08/2007  saturday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of Timesizing (that would cut labor surplus & let market forces flexibly lift wages & markets) –

  • headlines from HELL:
    • luxury goods, less exuberant - after a bumper year, the luxury-goods industry is heading for uncertain times (The Economist.75) - oh oh, so many businesses have switched to catering to the carriage trade since they're the only ones who still have money - this could mean trouble in the last 'healthy' sector of the economy...

    11/23/2007  friday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of Timesizing (that would give everyone more time & money to stop slow-motion coups like Bush-Cheney's) –
  • headlines from HELL:
    • increased presidential powers imperil U.S., author warns - balance of power in constitution threatened by Bush-Cheney administration, journalist Charlie Savage writes (Ottawa Citizen.F5) ...in his recent book, "Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy"

    10/05/2007  friday
    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):
    • angry voices: torture, Iraq, the [child health] veto (t.A26) - Americans finally waking up to White House Stalinism? NYT has at last started printing citizens' fury in letters to editor

    9/29/2007  saturday strategic hope = TIMEsizing news (archives):
    Work Sharing Policy: Power Sharing and Stalemate in American Federalism, by David E. Balducchi and Stephen A. Wandner, Publius: The Journal of Federalism Advance Access published online via publius.oxfordjournals.org.
    - see whole (short) article under this date

    9/14/2007  friday
    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):

    • Canadian dollar races up - currency hits 30-year high of C$1.0327 = U$1, or C$1 = U$0.9683 (Ottawa Metro 11) - meaning Bush has pushed the US dollar even lower & strengthened the shift of the international currency to the Euro & the increased sidelining of an increasingly suicidal America

    9/12/2007  wednesday
    - a massive smear campaign exposed -
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's French press (archives):
    • no, France is not "in decline" because of its 35-hour workweek - quite the contrary

    8/17/2007  friday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of Timesizing, which would create a perceived labor shortage and harness market forces to hike the value of labor relative to employment - and make it harder for the military-industrial complex to start "wars of choice" - relayed from the cafeteria of UQO (Université de Québec en Outaouais) -

  • work-related suicides in the news (archives):
    • increase in suicides in the American army (p.18 in Ottawa-Gatineau Droit - translated from newfrench ‘hausse des suicides dans l'armée américaine’) - 99 suicides in 2006 (up from 88 in 2005) of which 28 were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to an American military report - US Army hasn't known so many since First Gulf War in 1991 when there were 102 - twice as many women sent into warzones committed suicide as those based outside warzones

    8/10/2007  friday = little Black Friday?
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - from the cafe car of Amtrak's ‘Adirondack’ en route to Montreal -

  • headlines from HELL in (New York Times) t or (Wall St. Journal) j  (archives):
    the Götterdämmerung of unlimited-concentration capitalism commences? -
    • mtg losses echo in Europe and on Wall St. - Dow falls 387 points - biggest loss since Feb. - central banks pour billions into financial systems (t.A1)
    • shaky markets prompt rumors of who's in trouble
      - heavy borrowing used in investing adds to the fears (t.C1) - ed: compare buying stocks ‘on margin’ in 1929
      - modern finance suffers its version of run on the bank (t.C1) - ed: more Great Depression déjà vu
    • very scary things, and no savior in sight (t.A19) - Paul Krugman applies this to the economy (but it works for current politics too): liquidity has dried up thanks to housing bubble-pop, subprime-loan meltdown, 2 BearStearn hedgefund collapses, 3 BNP-Paribas fund freezes, & junkbond vulnerability, all of which could cause a chain reaction of debt defaults & The Great Depression Revisited - Fed's only policy tool, interest-rate cuts, won't help & Eurofed's promise of unlimited cash support counters deflation with inflation & makes money meaningless - ed: the only market-oriented Way Out is to resume workweek reduction & cut the labor surplus to get mkt forces to cut $ concentration at the top, and spread the national income around to those who actually spend it

    5/16/2007  wednesday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing -

  • headlines from HELL in (New York Times) t or (Wall St. Journal) j  (archives):
    • failing by example - Tom Friedman: the disregard for democracy in Iraq started at home in the U.S. (t.A19) - ed: remember when the USA was the ‘Land of the Free’ and the ‘Leader of the Free World’ - ed: now it's the land of torture, secret prisons & megadebt

    3/16/2007  friday
    - a BGO (blinding glimpse of the obvious) from our new HQ in "Ottawa's French suburb" (Gatineau, Québec) =
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews or regional papers (archives):
    • EU stands pat in requiring bus drivers to get more rest


    10/21/2006  saturday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -

  • DOWNsizings (archives) - 400 jobcuts made it into a regional paper today:
    • TD Bank North set to slash 400 jobs - 24 bank branches in the Northeast to close in cutbacks (Boston Herald.20)

    4/29/2006  saturday
    - a BGO (blinding glimpse of the obvious) after re-establishing HQ in "Ottawa's French suburb" (Gatineau, Québec) = three lethal errors the Left needs to stop making if it wants to make any meaningful headway against the proliferating, multidimensional steps-backward of the Right


    11/08/2005  monday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in "Ottawa's French suburb" = Gatineau, Quebec -

    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews or regional papers (archives):

    1. All India Trade Union Congress calls for cut in workday from 8 to 6 hours
    2. meanwhile, morons in Jammu & Kashmir call for increased working hours (& employment concentration on fewer people) despite massive overpopulation & labor surplus
    3. then, two attempts to spin France's 35-hour workweek as a flop...
    4. instead of what it is: world leadership in the most basic of freedoms, free time
    5. more union givebacks in America as newspaper union drops 1 week of vacation & 1 week of sick time - US unions have definitely lost their way, become mere overhead
    6. America since FDR: labor surplus reduced by war, made up by baby boomers & automation by 1970, wages stagnate, national income concentrates in top brackets, consumer markets languish, American dream destroyed

    10/21/2005  friday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -

  • DOWNsizings (archives) - 3400 +? jobcuts made it into a regional paper today:
    1. Ford posts $284m US loss, has announced 2750 layoffs, plans 'significant' plant closings (Ottawa Citizen.E2)
    2. Imperial Tobacco to snuff out Ontario plants - 650 jobs lost as Montreal company moves cigarette production to Mexico from Guelph (555) & Aylmer (80), & Montreal QC (Ottawa Citizen.E2)
    3. Sears Canada slips into the red - first qtrly loss in over 3 years on costs to fire unspecified # of employees & pay for stock-based compensation (Ottawa Citizen.E2)

    9/06/2005 
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -

  • DOWNsizings (archives) - 10,000 jobcuts made it into (NYT) t:
    • Volkswagen/Germany will cut 10,000 jobs (t.C1) - hey, what happened to VW's timesizing? - in 1994, they avoided 30,000 layoffs & saved their HQ town of Wolfsburg (& a lot of good customers!) by cutting their workweek from 35 to 28.8 hrs & spreading the reduced amount of work among all their employees - now VW is acting more like GM which promoted the decline of its HQ town, Flint, Michigan, & US automaking in general, by downsizing 74,000 employees in the early 90s, instead of timesizing & keeping all these employees - & consumers - going

    9/03/2005 
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -

  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j or (New York Times) t or (USA Today) u  (archives):
    • across U.S., outrage at response - more troops & aid finally reach New Orleans; chaotic exodus continues (t.A1) - Maureen Dowd: U.S. of Shame - where were the neo-cons as storm approached? Bush & Cheney on vacation, Condi attending Spamalot & shoe shopping on 5th Avenue, Andy Card off in Maine - who are we if we can't take care of our own? (t.A29)

    9/02/2005 
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -

  • DOWNsizings (archives) - total of 35 jobcuts made it into (NYT) t:
    • 35 news staff cuts in NYC by Newsday (t.C5)
  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j or (New York Times) t or (USA Today) u  (archives):
    • economy was showing strain even before storm - higher consumer debt & weaker mfg: ISM mfg index down to 53.% in July = lowest since May (t.C5)

    8/09/2005 
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news
    in yesterday's GoogleNews or regional papers (click here for details):

    1. despite their leaders constant talking the talk of freedom, American employees are starved for that most basic of freedoms, free time
    2. & even France now needs to cut its workweek below 35 hours to raise general wage levels & maintain consumption
    3. Asiana Airlines pilots are striking for 17% reduction in annual flying hours & more days off
    4. American megahours are fueling costly absenteeism
    5. another doomed attempt on the part of an Anglo journalist to persuade Europeans that they're worse off than the new United Soviet of America (USA)
    6. a report on the working time arrangements on one of Europe's backward little corners, Malta

    7/18/2005 
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews or regional papers (click here for details):

    • former PM Edward Heath dies - instituted a 3-day workweek in the UK (so whatever happened to that?!)

    7/05/2005  tuesday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -

  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j & (New York Times) t & (USA Today) u  (details):
    • oil closes above $60/bbl for first time yesterday = record $60.54 for crude (u.1A>1B)

    6/29/2005  wednesday
    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):

    • gay marriage is extended nationwide in Canada (t.A4)

    6/28/2005  tuesday
    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):

    • SEC chief Wm.Donaldson, stepping down 6/30, makes final push for rule to force mutual funds to hire independent chairmen (usa today.4B)
    vs. doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -
  • PUFFsizing, alias makework = bogus hope, creating unspecified new ‘jobs’ (archives):
    • US military to increase prison capacity in Iraq to 16,000 (usa today.8A)
  • DOWNsizings (archives) - 7700 +?? jobcuts that made it into (NYT) t or regional papers:
    1. 7700 jobcuts threatened as autoparts supplier Lear plans to move 5 N.American & Euro plants to cheap-labor countries (usa today.1B) - never mind effect on diminished consumer base
    2. unspecified jobcuts & high unemployment protested by 10,000s of S.Africans in Johannesburg (usa today.5A)
  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j & (New York Times) t & (USA Today) u  (archives):
    • oil closes above $60/bbl for first time yesterday = record $60.54 for crude (u.1A>1B)

    6/27/2005  monday
    doom du jour tm  for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -

  • DOWNsizings (archives) - unspecified jobcuts that made it into (NYT) t or regional papers:
    • 1196 US employers reported 'mass layoffs' (over 50 people) last month nationwide, mostly in film & video production & temporary services (ariz.republic.D1)
  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j & (New York Times) t & (Bos.Globe) g  (archives):
    1. "the White House is completely disconnected from reality ... it's like they're just making it up as they go along": Iraq war supporter Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. (quoted by E.J. Dionne in ariz.republic.B7)
    2. US army's hard sell - unfairness of volunteer force - always plenty of hawks in America but hawks want their wars fought with other people's children: op ed by Bob Herbert (t.A19) - for decision-makers without pain, no feedback gets through - for others with pain, check out *LeaveMyChildrenAlone.com
    3. "Bush has opened not just a credibility gap but a credibility chasm": Sen. Joe Biden, another Iraq war supporter (ariz.republic.B7)
    4. 'war game' shows how fuel prices could soar - 'long-range planning in the US govt tends to be a week': Texas A&M University prez Bob Gates (usa today.3B)
    5. free trade & citizens' rights - "the problem with CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) [and all 'free' trade for that matter - ed.] is its potential to give foreign corporations greater legal rights than we citizens have in our own country, allowing MNCs to override our national, state & local laws, and usurping the constitutional authority of US courts": letter from Gale Mead of Sonoma CA (t.A18)
    6. Joel Pett cartoon: black couple having breakfast - wife reading paper with headlines like Iraq and Court Rules On Property Rights, 'They want to take our house for condos, our social security for Wall Street and our kids for the war!' - husband drinking coffee & eating cupcake?!, 'Pass the medical marijuana!' (usa today.12A)

    6/25/2005  saturday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):

    1. 3 things about Iraq war :  1. has nothing to do with 9/11   2. has not made world or US safer from terrorism   3. if really 'going according to plan', need new plan : editorial (t.A28) = major media finally speaking up? - compare 'hasty war targeting wrong enemy': letter from Jon Reiner of NYC (t.A28) - compare 'Quite a number of the eye-witnesses...I have known..., trailed round with them...speculating on how the day's hard-won story will fare at the hands of sub-editors.... Reporters, like players in an orchestra, must keep a wary eye on the conductor. ... A Beatrice Webb or George Orwell deceive themselves; journalists are paid to deceive others.' - from 'The Eye-witness Fallacy' in Malcolm Muggeridge's 'Tread Softly for you Tread on my Jokes' (1966)
    2. 'until we try to understand what fuels hatred of US & how change foreign policy to lessen, we'll continually be under threat': letter from Lynn Stern of NYC (t.A28)
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -
  • bogus expansion thru takeovers = appetizers for DOWNsizing - (mega & banking archives):
    • Aetna buys Health Network for $390m to 'expand' in CO & MI (t.B2)
  • DOWNsizing results = bankruptcies noted in (j) WSJ or (t) NYT (archives):
    • AOL Latin America files Chap.11, owing 181.7-28.5= $153.2m (t.B2)

    6/20/2005  monday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews or regional papers (archives):

    • advertisers forced to think way outside the TV box - battle for consumers' time & attention amid work, family & personal needs - 'time is the new[?] currency': Joseph Jaffe - 'people are so busy, overdone, overworked & over-committed' they tape shows & skip ads on playback: Faith Popcorn (usa today.5B)
    + random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):
    1. study: CEOs getting fewer stock options (usa today.1B)
    2. settlers' homes to be razed after Gaza withdrawal (usa today.8A) - don't they mean "squatters' homes"?!
    3. GM's strategy needs a good tune-up - 'GM mgmt needs to stop whining about its workers & take a good look in the mirror': Chuck Shaw of Crested Butte, CO - 'US mfrs need to follow their Japanese competition's lead & build cars that meet consumers' needs for better mileage, cleaner air & reliability, & above all, quit bellyaching & get to work doing what they need to do': Lowell Young of Mariposa CA (usa today.14A)
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -
  • PUFFsizing, alias makework = bogus hope, creating unspecified new ‘jobs’ (archives):
    • terror war still short on linguists - spending jumps from $41m in 2001 to $100m today, but effort jumbled (usa today.1A)
  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j & (New York Times) t & (Bos.Globe) g  (archives):
    1. Bin Laden remains elusive - CIA director Porter Goss won't say where Osama's hiding, but told Time mag he has 'excellent' idea of where he is' (usa today.6A) - which may mean he don't have a clue, but more likely means Osama's in the witness protection program in some Philly suburb
    2. US firms help China censor fr**dom, d*mocr*cy - our view: Microsoft,Yahoo & Google trade free speech for access to Chinese market (usa today.14A) - hey, US firms help Bush-Rove regime censor their own fr**dom, d*mocr*cy - swallow nonpartisan voting machines for access to utopian fundamentalists in White House
    3. federal contractors owe US taxpayers - last year study showed 27,000 defense contractors owe $3B in unpaid taxes & this year 33,000 civilian contractors $3.3B (usa today.14A)
    4. 40m credit card holders may be at risk (usa today.1B)
    5. US nuclear power industry working on quiet comeback - Senate looks at incentives for building (usa today.6A) - no matter how stupid the idea, no matter how many times it's been killed, you can always count on the Bush regime to bring it ba-a-ack - compare Star Wars
    6. Sen. Robert Byrd bio: joining KKK in his youth was 'foolish' (usa today.6A) - same thing with 30-hour workweek champion Senator, later highcourt Judge, Hugo Black

    6/17/2005  friday
    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):

    1. UPsizings: • 1500 new jobs as BellSouth expands broadband staff with surge in high-speed Internet use (j.A1>B5)
    2. US Senate voted 52-48 to require utilities to generate at least 10% of their power from renewable sources (j.A1)
    3. Chrysler's storied hemi motor helps it escape Detroit's gloom - profitable, and fast, engine makes cars seem different (j.A1) - compare the old 'slant 6'
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing
  • bogus makework, creating unspecified new ‘jobs’ (archives):
    • what's news: worldwide - House poised to give Pentagon $45B more for war costs (j.A1)
  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j & (New York Times) t & (Bos.Globe) g  (archives):
    1. Ukukus wonder why a sacred glacier melts in Peru's Andes (j.A1) = global warming proceeds apace
    2. gasoline prices continue to rise despite ample supplies, as diesel demand pushes crude prices higher, in turn lifting gasoline (j.A1) - same scam as oil producers did to Calif. a few yrs back - but may help solve global warming - note diesel demand is driven by need for thousands of truckers' jobs (see makework realm #11), obviated by timesizing

    6/12/2005  sunday
    doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing

  • bogus makework, creating 700 new ‘jobs’ (archives):
    • 'war on terror' means more spies - clandestine Communications Security Establishment wing on Canada's Defense Dept. expected to jump from 950 to 1650 staff (london free press.A7) - but why should Canadian taxpayers have to pay a dime for Bush's phony war?

    6/11/2005  saturday
    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):

    1. Brazilian inflation at lowest rate in 7 mons. - CPI rose only 0.49% in May after 0.89% in Apr. (t.B2)
    2. former Wal-Mart exec, vice chair Thomas Coughlin, stripped of stock options & pension benefits after misappropriating $½m (t.B13)
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing
  • PUFFsizing, alias makework = bogus hope, creating unspecified new ‘jobs’ (archives):
    1. US Army recruiting more highschool dropouts to meet goals - accepting 100s of applicants it would have rejected earlier (t.A11)
    2. the circus maximus syndrome - stadiums, and the mayors who love them (t.A27)
  • DOWNsizing results = eroding non-executive retirement (archives):
    1. pension-shortfall study finds winners[?] & losers - worries for workers who build cars or plan on collecting pensions (t.B3) - like nobody can plan on collecting contracted pensions now?
    2. Germany: 9-12 yrs prison for 'grandpa gang' of bank robbers aged 64, 73, 74 - 'needed the money for our retirement because unable to save' (t.A5)
  • DOWNsizing results = prisons (archives):
    • Maryland: 8 guards fired after inmate dies - Raymond Smoot, held on theft charge, died after being beaten at Baltimore Central Booking & Intake Ctr (t.A9)
  • DOWNsizing results = homelessness in (j) WSJ or (t) NYT (archives):
    • US pursues forced labor case in E.Palatka FL - farm-labor contractor Ronald Evans accused of looking for homeless men, mostly blacks, mostly drug addicted - offered them drugs, cigs & booze after work & deducted from pay - soon debts outweighed pay (t.A10)
  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j & (New York Times) t & (Bos.Globe) g  (archives):
    1. financial portrait of Supreme Court justices shows at least 6 millionaires - Breyer, Ginsburg, O'Connor, Scalia, Souter, Stevens (t.A11) = inability to empathize?
    2. what next, airlines - flap our own wings? - on US Air flight from DC to Lauderdale, passengers were asked to take their trash with them when leaving plane, as airline no longer cleaning between flights: letter from Pamela Sieving of Bethesda MD (t.A26)

    6/6/2005  monday
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news
    in yesterday's GoogleNews or regional papers (click here for details):

    • Phil Hyde writes letter to editor of New York Times re: Tom Friedman's twisted time-take on 'top' in 'race to top'

    5/30/2005  monday
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news
    in yesterday's GoogleNews or regional papers (click here for archives):

    • France says 'no' to the European constitutional treaty project - for prez Jacques Chirac, yesterday's vote constitutes a jangling defeat (montreal journal.16) - well-deserved because of his undermining of France's world leadership in workweek reduction - but 'our French' [Quebecois] have voted yes by 77% (mont journal.17) - clearly more concerned to have a counterweight to the 900-pound gorilla next door than quality of life

    5/24/2005  tuesday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    - we have 748 textfiles: #visitors yesterday 11/25/th: 509 (11/27/03/th: 454; 11/28/02/th: 469) -
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews or regional papers (archives):

    • UK recently celebrated its first *National Downshifting Week, created by writer/broadcasterTracey Smith to inspire people to ditch some of their time pressures & financial stresses, & lean toward more life fulfilment by making things simpler (elisting from Tom Walker)
    + random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (t) NYTimes or regional papers (archives):
    1. Bush's approval rating on crucial issues hits a low (usa today.8A)
    2. liberty-curtailing proposals stir up critics of Patriot Act (usa today.9A)
    3. Boston-area readers who want real news - try 90.3 FM 12-1pm Mon-Sat and 6-10am Sunday for "Radio Free America for Americans" dba *Democracy Now
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -
  • DOWNsizings (archives) - today's total 4000 threatened jobcuts that made it into NYT t or regional papers:
    • 4000 (20%) threatened jobcuts by BBC in London trigger strikes by 3 unions (vancouver sun.A11, boston globe.A8)
  • DOWNsizing results = prisons (archives):
    • women have easier time in British Columbia's prison, ex-con claims - male prisoners must watch their words because they might offend opposite-sex staff, he complains to human rights tribunal - 'women don't have this problem' (vancouver sun.A1)

    5/19/2005  thursday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    - we have 748 textfiles: #visitors yesterday 11/25/th: 509 (11/27/03/th: 454; 11/28/02/th: 469) -
    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (j) Wall St Journal or (t) NYTimes (archives):

    1. China hits back at US & EU over currency - China says their pressure to unpeg yuan from US$ is unfair (vancouver metro.01>07)
    2. glimmer of intelligence fm Mick Mallon of Iqaluit - let's support separation & then dump Anglo institutions & join Quebec (toronto globe.A10)
    3. Boston-area readers who want real news - try 90.3 FM 12-1pm Mon-Sat and 6-10am Sunday for "Radio Free America for Americans" dba *Democracy Now
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -
  • DOWNsizings (archives) - unspecified jobcuts that made it into j (WSJ) or t (NYT) or toronto globe:
    • unspecified cuts as Connors Bros. Income Fund moves food pkg plant fm Athens AL to Augusta GA (toronto globe.B13) - more dysfunctional owners making more dysfunctional economic decisions

    5/17/2005  thursday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    - we have 748 textfiles: #visitors yesterday 11/25/th: 509 (11/27/03/th: 454; 11/28/02/th: 469) -
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews (click here for archives):

    • mandatory overtime rises as a major issue for labor - shifts lengthen as companies try to avoid hiring (boston globe.E1)
    random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (j) Wall St Journal or (t) NYTimes (archives):
    • 5.3% Q1 growth in economy as Japanese spending catches up after Q4 typhoons & quake - jobless down fm 4.7 to 4.5% in Mar. = 6-yr low (t.C4)

    5/14/2005  saturday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    - we have 748 textfiles: #visitors yesterday 11/25/th: 509 (11/27/03/th: 454; 11/28/02/th: 469) -
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews (click here for details):

    1. EU backpedals on scrapping UK's opt-out from 48-hour ultimate-maximum workweek = special treatment for one of its most whining members?
    2. new Leipzig BMW plant to enforce comp time for work over 35 hrs/wk instead of overtime pay
    3. bonus (no further details) - Ben West & Christine Ellis, 2 candidates of the Work Less Party of BC-Canada, storm the Liberal, then the Green Party HQs in West Vancouver, capture interview with maverick Green candidate Lee Wright for student video, stake Work Less Party sign on Liberal leader's lawn in ritzy part of town (North Van)
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -
  • DOWNsizings (archives) - today's total 472 actual, 26000 potential jobcuts that made it into t (NYT):
    1. 472 jobcuts by Alaska Airlines as ramp services outsourced to Menzies Aviation Grp (t.B4)
    2. Pentagon urges closing of bases, cutting 26,000 jobs - 180 sites listed - opposition is intense (t.front page)

    5/13/2005  friday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    - we have 748 textfiles: #visitors yesterday 11/25/th: 509 (11/27/03/th: 454; 11/28/02/th: 469) -
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews (click here for archives):

    1. Chinese businessman in Paris complains about his childrens' liking for France's 35-hour workweek (even though it's creditable with much of his business)
    2. bonus (no further details) - Ben West of Work Less Party of BC-Canada debates NDP, Green & Marijuana Party candidates at West Vancouver Memorial Library tonight, 7-9
  • DOWNsizings (archives) - today's total 150 jobcuts that made it into j (WSJ) or t (NYT):
    • 150 jobcuts as DSM, Dutch maker of drug ingredients outsources Belvidere NJ plant to Scotland (t.C3)
  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j & (New York Times) t & (Bos.Globe) g  (archives):
    1. stocks fall tho oil price drops - Dow down 111 to 10189 tho oil lowest since mid-Feb (t.C1>6)
    2. who's in charge of US rates? who's Hu! - Hu Jintao, prez of China, may be determining US interest rates as he weighs pressures to delink his currency from U$ & stop piling up US treasury notes (t.C1)
    3. Krugman says: always low wages - why workers need safety net (t.A23)

    5/12/2005  thursday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    - we have 748 textfiles: #visitors yesterday 11/25/th: 509 (11/27/03/th: 454; 11/28/02/th: 469) -
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews (click here for archives):

    • Denise Brennan of Work Less Party of Vancouver debates NDP, Green, Socialist & Communist Party candidates at Britannia Centre tonight, 7-9
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing - in WSJ (j) and NYT (t) -
  • DOWNsizings (archives) - today's total 2500 jobcuts that made it into t (NYT):
    • 10% workforce cut (2500 jobs) as National Australia Bank cuts costs (& mkt share) 'to regain mkt share', instead of just trimming 10% of its workweek (48 minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training & hiring, & keeping everyone together working, earning & banking 90% as much as before (t.C6)
  • DOWNsizing results = unspendably, uninvestably astronomical executive pay, perks & pensions:
    • the real corruption - $1 billion paid to top 100 CEOs - & $100 million in reduced taxes for these few is the real scandal (E.Vancouver Republic, p.1)
  • headlines from HELL in (New York Times) t  (archives):
    1. US terror-paranoia - off-course plane leads to tense time in capital (t.A1)
    2. the young and jobless - a new generation of powerless workers - employment bar set so low for Bush regime that even latest month's measly 274k new jobs trigger hi-5s in White House (t.A27) - workers a surplus commodity @ 40 hrs/wk minimum per, ergo powerless

    5/10/2005  tuesday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    - we have 748 textfiles: #visitors yesterday 11/25/th: 509 (11/27/03/th: 454; 11/28/02/th: 469) -
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news in yesterday's GoogleNews (click here for archives):

    • Phil 'Mr. Timesizing' Hyde flies out to Vancouver to connect with the Work Less Party
    + random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (j) Wall St Journal or (t) NYTimes (archives):
    1. free trade pact in Americas faces trouble - Social Security is not Bush's only economic initiative that's in trouble in Congress (t.C1)
    2. Hollywood worries as box-office decline continues (t.B1) - freedom now!.. from Hollywood
    vs. doom du jour tm for lack of TIMEsizing - in NYT (t) -
  • PUFFsizing, alias makework = bogus hope, creating unspecified new ‘jobs’ (archives):
    • payments to help hospitals care for illegal immigrants - Bush creates $1B program - new effort addresses concerns of hospitals & officials in border states (t.A12) - never mind the 47m Americans who don't have health insurance
  • DOWNsizing results = bankruptcies noted in (j) WSJ or (t) NYT (archives):
    • AaiPharma seeks Chap.11 (t.C4)
  • headlines from HELL in (New York Times) t  (archives):
    • trading slump (they finally admitted it?) spurs online brokers' merger talk - 'no other option' with stock market still in a slump (t.C2)

    4/4/2005  monday
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing awareness
    (click here for archives):

    • researchers investigate why Americans don't get enough sleep: 'three jobs is a long day - that only leaves 5½ hours for uninterrupted worrying about my debts and no health insurance,' says bleary-eyed guy in bed being interviewed by 'suit' with pad & pencil - Toles cartoon [wash post via bos globe]

    3/23/2005  wednesday
    - playing catchup after establishing residence in 'Boston's Canadian suburb" = Stanstead, Quebec -

    - we have 748 textfiles: #visitors yesterday 11/25/th: 509 (11/27/03/th: 454; 11/28/02/th: 469) -
    strategic hope = TIMEsizing news (click here for archives):

    1. the good news - Work Less Party of Vancouver BC featured on front page of free west-coast Metro newspaper yesterday - headline = We work too much - New party promotes 32-hour work week - *full front-page image
    2. the bad news - "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Uncertainty" (in the USA anyway) - Terri Gross' Fresh Air featured author Judith Warner on NPR yesterday (WBUR 90.9 FM in Boston at 3:15 pm) - Warner recently moved from France to USA - says US mothers have no time, don't know how to slow down & stop pushing their kids to compete every minute of their lives - work/life balance & middle-class motherhood much easier in France - 35-hour workweek there a big help for sharing parenting - but asked to recommend policies to US govt, she mentioned taxbreaks but fell short of workweek reduction - USA cut workweek in half over 150 years prior to 1940 - is it so totally unimaginable now?
    + random glimmers of hope indexed to today's (j) Wall St Journal or (t) NYTimes (archives):
    1. Canada may be close neighbor, but it proudly keeps its distance (t.A8)
    2. 'help wanted: older workers please apply' (t.A1) - but note former mktg executive in photo (Ed Wright of NYC) now clerks at Home Depot, Borders, etc & tho Home Depot mgr Ellen van Valen says age has little to do with the desire to work, desire does not equal job
    3. LA Times publisher John Puerner takes 'career break' to spend summer with family (t.A15) - axman who cut staff size instead of worktime takes cushioned leave that none of his victims can afford
    4. coalition of conservatives & liberals forms to oppose parts of Patriot Act antiterrorism law - former GOP congressman Bob Barr is leading Patriots to Restore Checks & Balances (t.A10)
    5. Boston-area readers who want real news - try 90.3 FM 12-1pm Mon-Sat and 6-10am Sunday for "Radio Free America for Americans" dba *Democracy Now
  • bogus growth thru takeovers = appetizers for DOWNsizing - (mega & banking archives):
    • Oracle profit slips 15% after its $10.3B acquisition of PeopleSoft (t.C5) - serves CEO Ellison right!
        -   after takeovers, the next steps, cumulatively lethal, usually involve downsizings
  • 3 DOWNsizings (archives) - today's total 4400 jobcuts that made it into j (WSJ) or t (NYT):
    1. 12% workforce cut (2100 jobs) as Bank of Ireland counters decline in profits from lending & meets growing competition by trimming employee-consumers, instead of just trimming 12% of its workweek (55 minutes a day for everyone, including top executives), re-investing overtime savings in overtime-targeted training & hiring, & keeping everyone together working, earning & buying 90% as many wireless services as before (t.C4)
    2. 2000 jobcuts by Alcoa (t.C4)
    3. 300 cuts when Pfizer cuts Holland Mich. plant in late 2006 (t.C4)
  • headlines from HELL in (Wall St. Journal) j & (New York Times) t & (Bos.Globe) g  (archives):
    1. stocks plunge as Fed stirs inflation fears [they should be so lucky!] - lifts short-term interest rates from 2½ to 2¾% = 7th time in year (t.C1,A1) - CEOs strangle their own markets with layoffs, central bankers make price up loans - is anyone really interested in growth?
    2. fewer employers totally cover health premiums - workers sharing costs find their expenses are rising each year (t.C1)
    3. Massachusetts: Harvard librarian Desiree Goodwin sues over repeated denial of promotion - supervisor in 2001 said she'd never be promoted cuz seen merely as pretty girl who wore sexy outfits (t.A11) - try investing some 'power suits'
    4. Europe shifts back to arms embargo on China after China passed law against Taiwan's secession (t.A6) - this will delay China's bear run on the US$ & its forced switch of world currency to euro (on the other hand, across the page, Iceland, long a close ally of U.S., offered citizenship to former world chess champ Bobby Fischer - U.S. 'disappointed' cuz wants him back on charge of violating economic sanctions by playing match in Yugoslavia in '92)
    5. nuclear power is good: U.S. & Iran have no argument there - at a Paris conference, speakers skirt important issues (t.A3)


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