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Paul Krugman Digging Way to China New York Times columnist and Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman finds himself once again on the Wall of Shame at Growth Bias Busted. Over the past few weeks Krugman has been providing a delicious demonstration of the old Will Rogers adage: “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” At the risk of over-cooking, today we roast Paul Krugman for his October 7 blog post, Slow Steaming and the Supposed Limits to Growth. To fully enjoy this feast of foolishness, we should go back a few weeks to when Krugman first picked up this particular...
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IMF: Repealing Laws of Physics Taking Longer Than We Thought As G-20 finance ministers and central bankers meet today in the U.S., we hoist the International Monetary Fund (and The Guardian's Larry Elliott) onto the Wall of Shame. The G-20 and the IMF are complicit in a scheme to repeal the laws of physics. Their plan: keep on growing the global economy even though the scale of the human enterprise outgrew the Earth’s ability to sustainably support us some 40 years ago. We really should call today’s G-20 gathering a GA Meeting (growthaholics anonymous). In IMF Says Economic Growth May Never Return to Pre-Crisis Levels, Guardian correspondent Larry Elliott approached the...
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Assumptions About Economy Sink to New Low CNBC Senior Economics Reporter Steve Liesman makes our Wall of Shame this morning for this unsurprising example of pro-growth bias in reporting. When you get right down to it, the growth boosterism displayed by every anchor and correspondent on the business news cable networks actually raises the question: should we even call this “news” or “journalism?” “Despite an improving economy and the lowest unemployment rate in six years, Americans' views of President Barack Obama's economic leadership stands at the lowest level of his presidency, according to the latest CNBC All-America Economic survey.” Liesman’s report, headlined Confidence in Obama on Economy Sinks to...
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Save Water So We Can Grow! In the arid American West, just about any idea to save water seems like a good one. I’m reminded of the Mad Magazine sticker I saw as a kid: Save Water – Shower With Your Steady This story about eliminating property taxes to conserve water introduces some interesting motives and myths to the issue. “A new report shows that the elimination of property taxes funneled to water suppliers could save significant amounts of water in the nation's second driest state and have the largest users — government and the wealthy — paying the ‘true’ cost of water." If property taxes subsidize water supply...
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Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought Today’s example of unexamined assumptions in the media about the goodness of growth is one of those very painful ones. I just want to reach out and slap Richie Bernardo for writing 2014s Fastest Growing Cities without thinking critically about the mythology it celebrates. A story like this could be approached factually, without any of the common assumptions that population growth is a wise goal for all or most cities. I look for that whenever I see a headline like this. But, sadly, that is not the case here: “Some cities have it all: the jobs, the schools, the museums, the nightlife,...
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Consumer Spending Showing Renewed Life USA Today’s Paul Davidson fell into all the classic traps in reporting that, “The American consumer has a pulse, after all.” This news story goes beyond reporting the facts about rising U.S. retail sales. The assumption that more consumption is good news is evident throughout.  “The improvement marks a shift from a couple of months ago, when rising food and gas prices, along with modest wage growth, threatened to undercut forecasts for brisker consumer spending.” American “consumers” stepped up purchases of automobiles, furniture, electronics, sporting goods and clothing. Davidson calls this an “improvement.” A scientist assessing our ecosystems and resources would call it...
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