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" 'Spaceship Earth' was coined by Buckminster Fuller to describe our planet. We are living on what he likened to a very large spaceship. It is finite. It's floating in space. And we must depend on it for everything we need to live. If we foul it up or run out of something we can't run next door or call for take-out. We haven't been taking good enough care of our spaceship; it's clear from the news and the scientific reports. It's time we get our act together to avoid a crash. Fasten your seatbelt, watch the passenger safety briefing, share it widely, and then get busy taking good care...
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Marginal
5
Outstanding

Posted by on in Wall of Shame
The new Cosmos series on Fox and National Geographic is making some waves. It’s nice to see high production value and intellectual content in a television landscape littered with Kardashians, Duggars, moonshiners and house-flippers. I must, however, anoint the series, it’s host, producers and writers with Wall of Shame infamy because of a misstep in the program broadcast on March 23. About 33 minutes into the episode titled When Knowledge Conquered Fear, host Neil deGrasse Tyson got the attention of some sustainable population advocates with this comment about Edmond Halley (who did not discover the comet, but did lay some groundwork in the 17th century for the science of demography): “He...
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Misdemeanor
7
Felony
This article kind of breaks some of our rules. The publication isn’t necessarily “major media”, it is clearly an opinion piece, and it is already a commentary on a review of a book. So basically I’m writing about something that’s about something that’s about something else. And STILL it’s worth reading, digesting, and hopefully appreciating. In his latest piece for Earth Island Journal, Kenneth Brower critiques Tom Athanasiou’s review of Alan Weisman’s book Countdown. And believe me, you don’t want to miss out on this. Also note that both pieces were published in the same publication. So you know he means it. Kenneth Brower is the son of the late David...
How much fame?
Marginal
4
Outstanding
A headline like this pretty much guarantees a place of honor on the Wall of Fame here at Growth Bias Busted. It’s attention-getting. It’s true. And it’s extremely rare. That’s precisely WHY there is a Growth Bias Busted. In order for our culture to mature from its economic adolescence, we need to celebrate and laud those who are writing our new cultural narrative. And we need to shame those who keep reinforcing the same, tired fairy tales about the pot of gold at the end of the growth rainbow. We can always count on Gar Alperovitz to write intelligently and provocatively about our economic growth follies. Professor of political economy at...
How much fame?
Marginal
5
Outstanding

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Only one story made the Wall of Fame this week but we must be feeling optimistic because it is our top story. On Monday, Charles Hugh Smith published an essay on his blog that lays out the framework for how we became a growth obsessed society and how, because of this, our next step will be to become a degrowth society. The piece, And the Next Big Thing is...Degrowth?, was submitted to and immediately published by Zero Hedge. In the essay he points out how we've grown beyond any sustainable level and that now we need to turn toward a "Plan B economy". One that does not expect business as usual...

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This one is a classic. Another archetypal news article that drills it into your head: Economic growth…gooooood. Not having everything hinge on rising GDP, caring about sustainability of resources, and valuing a healthy, happy life… baaaaaaaad. I mean, how is there time to worry about all the latter when you have to worry about constantly growing GDP? It is, after all, the planet around which all else orbits. This CNN Money article by Sophia Yan tells about the woes of the Chinese economy as they face a predicted measly 7.3% GDP growth. The crisis now: China's economy lost momentum in the first quarter and growth in 2014 could fall short of...
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Misdemeanor
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Felony


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