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Ecosystem Destruction Enjoys Surprisingly "Healthy" Pace The U.S. government’s final revised estimate of 3rd quarter GDP growth last week triggered an avalanche of biased news reports. How objective does this sound? “The U.S. economy grew at a sizzling 5 percent annual rate last quarter, the fastest since 2003, fueled by consumer and business spending. The surge confirmed that the economy is steadily improving and outshining others around the world.”   That bit of judgment is from Martin Crutsinger’s Associated Press report on Tuesday, which ran around the world under headlines like these: U.S. Economy Takes Off With 5 Percent Growth In Q3 (Northwest Indiana Times) US Economy...
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Sorry, Peter Pan - Heinberg Wins the Week Severely tilted economic reporting by the Associated Press dominated our Wall of Shame this week, but we got a much-needed breath of fresh air yesterday on the Wall of Fame. Richard Heinberg’s Two Realities won the week’s voting, and was shared and liked quite a bit on facebook. One commenter there even wrote: “I want to be Richard Heinberg when I grow up.” We all need to do some growing up, and Heinberg’s essay offers just the truth serum to get that ball rolling. If you missed it yesterday, you’ll want to check it out. Share it with any billionaires you know....
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Economy Sizzles; Media Celebrate Return to Robust Destruction This morning the United States Department of Commerce released its advanced estimate of 2nd quarter National Income and Product Accounts – GDP. An annualized growth rate of about 3% was widely anticipated, so the 4 percent figure reported today will undoubtedly be celebrated – by the White House, growth profiteers counting their money, growth propheteers on the business news networks, and economic reporters. All will be celebrating a number which, in truth, measures how fast the U.S. is liquidating the planet of nonrenewable resources, how fast we’re replacing wildlife habitat and farms with mcmansions on cul-de-sacs, and how much CO2 we’re...
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AP Economic Reporting: More Bias, Fewer Facts Associated Press economic reporting finds its way to the Wall of Shame here at Growth Bias Busted so often that we’re considering streamlining the process, having AP stories automatically post here. That’s a real shame. Two offending AP stories appeared in my local newspaper over the weekend that need to be called out. Josh Boak’s report on sales of new homes in the U.S. makes the same old assumptions: “Demand for newly built homes remains one of the missing pieces of the nearly 5-year-old recovery from the Great Recession…. Sales of new homes are running at roughly half the rate of...
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Cold Winter of Economic Discontent, but Sunny Days Ahead U.S. consumers did not pillage the planet last quarter as fast as first thought, but economists are optimistic we'll get back to our rapacious ways as the weather warms. Friday’s Marketplace Morning Report from American Public Media headlines my list of disappointing news reports about U.S. GDP growth figures revised downward. It wasn't the news that caused my despair, but the biased way in which it was reported. They all make the Wall of Shame today for their unquestioned assumptions about the goodness of economic growth. On Marketplace, anchor David Brancaccio immediately got my attention when he inserted his own judgment...
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