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Florida Governor Forgets to Take Meds Taking the oath of office for his second term as Florida Governor, Rick Scott let growth addiction get the best of him. I’m not sure who deserves Wall of Shame dishonor more, the Governor for pushing Florida well beyond a sustainable population level, or reporters for not recognizing the folly of competing for population growth and considering that a measure of success. In Scott Takes Oath Of Office, Urges Northerners To Move Here, the Orlando Sentinel’s Aaron Deslatte informs us: “Scott, the 45th governor of Florida, has overseen an economic recovery and the state's long-forecasted surpassing of New York as the...
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Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes the Wall of Shame today with a bullet. Last week the country’s prime minister announced new incentives to support the Paleozoic president’s ambition for Turkey to regress to new levels of unsustainability: “Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government yesterday unveiled a new reform package aimed at realising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition for married couples to have more children to counter a slowdown in population growth. The new welfare programme, announced by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, includes several financial incentive measures including special commemorative gold coins for first time mothers. Erdogan has made no secret of his...
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2015 May Suck Nafeez Ahmed ends his essay honored today on the Wall of Fame with: “…welcome to 2015: a year when our choices could determine the future of the planet.” The good news: he is not as pessimistic as the headline I’ve given this post might suggest. I cannot recommend this read highly enough. Ahmed, who has previously earned Wall of Fame honors, does a great job writing seriously and credibly, but not so intellectually as to render his work a dreadful bore to the everyday citizen. The End of Endless Growth: Part 1 on Motherboard very clearly outlines a perspective on the ongoing...
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Is Bigger Better? There are many ways for non-journalists to be published. Submitting letters-to-the-editor or extended op-ed pieces to a magazine or newspaper, creating your own YouTube video, or writing a blog are common methods. When an everyday citizen decides to pipe up about the insanity of growth mania exhibited by our institutions, I want to issue hugs and applause. Political science librarian and sustainability consultant Terry Link wrote this excellent op-ed which appeared this week in Spartan Ideas, a collection of thoughts, ideas and opinions independently written by members of the Michigan State University community. I’m glad to have something for the Wall of...
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Japanese Fail Economic Duty to Fornicate These days I don’t have to look far for examples of near-sighted thinking by those delivering our news. Here’s an interesting item: “Japanese people aren't having enough kids to sustain a healthy economy.” Could it be that erectile dysfunction is leading to economic dysfunction? Let me count the unexamined assumptions in this Washington Post blog by Max Fisher: Japan’s Sexual Apathy is Endangering the Global Economy Fisher starts with the assumption that more is better. Japan has the world’s third-largest economy, he points out, and that apparently makes it “a significant factor [in] everyone else's economic well-being.” If Japan isn’t buying...
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