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Two Out of Three Countries ‘Ecologically Overshot’ - Population Matters It was easy to miss the rare gem amid the avalanche of World Population Day stories before and after the official day on July 11. So it was with the Overshoot Index published by the UK’s Population Matters. The Index’s announcement was refreshingly frank: “Two out of three countries are already consuming more individually than each can produce sustainably from its own resources…. This position can only worsen as population and consumption rise.” The folks at Population Matters have crunched data provided by the Global Footprint Network to rank individual nations according to how well they do at living within their...
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Rupert Murdoch: Health, Safety & Environment Hamper Piggy Bank Growth Global media mogul and growth-pusher/profiteer Rupert Murdoch makes today’s Wall of Shame for pushing G20 member nations to get out of the way of corporations so they can kick economic growth into higher gear. “We live in a world where we pat ourselves on the back if our economy achieves 2 per cent or 2? per cent growth even though we have ever-growing numbers of unemployed and under-employed…. Meanwhile, in China, achieving 7 per cent growth would be considered a slump.” Murdoch is one of the world’s richest, a billionaire, but he thirsts for more. This story in The Australian included Murdoch’s...
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Kunstler: Reality-Optional Economics It’s no secret we admire brutal honesty around here. This is adult swim, but here we are beating around the bush about the critical issues of our time, because everyone’s so certain we can’t handle the truth. Except James Howard Kunstler. This guy has built a reputation on pulling no punches, and his latest essay is no exception. Of course I love it, so here it is on the Wall of Fame. “The total tonnage of economic malarkey being shoveled over the American public these days would make the late Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Minister of “Public Enlightenment and Propaganda”) turn green in...
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What is below is "Grist Daily" from July 15, 2014. Look at these stories. To me, probably to most of us, the common connection -- and causal factor -- is so obvious and so important.   Why do they miss it? What would it take? Can we have some impact or influence to getting the media to see and point out the connections?        Grist Daily Jul 15, 2014 View in browser     America's largest reservoir is hitting new record lows every day The drought and overuse of Colorado River water has led to an epic decline in water...
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Hard to Love These World Population Day Bombs I conclude my review of media coverage of last Friday’s observance of World Population Day with a few examples worthy of the most serious shame. These are commentaries and videos that completely ignore very real and mounting evidence that the world is already overpopulated at 7.2 billion. They promote cranking up the baby factories with total disregard for the very finite limits of Spaceship Earth. I would compare it to the owner of a Chuck e Cheese (pizza and games for kids) franchise doing everything in his power to pack thousands of customers into a restaurant the fire marshal specifies can hold 200....
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