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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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Horner: All’s Well with Alberta Finance This Friday is World Population Day, so this week I’m keeping an extra eye out for both exemplary population coverage and ridiculously biased population coverage in the media. The Minister of Finance of the Canadian province of Alberta starts off the week on the Wall of Shame. Doug Horner, also the Spruce Grove – St. Albert MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly), disappointed with his June 30 annual report extolling the wondrous state of Alberta’s economy and finances. “Unemployment rates are steady, the economy is healthy and population continues to grow….”  I’m not sure these are Horner’s exact words, as there...
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David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin Deliver on End of Growth Message It’s no surprise that Jeff Rubin and David Suzuki swept the week here at Growth Bias Busted, garnering the most 5-star votes for exemplary communication about growth issues in the media. If you missed their End of Growth Tour across Canada in 2012, see this video from one of their stops.  This really serves as a fantastic introduction to the concept of economic growth coming to an end. Couple this with a screening of the film, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, and you’ve got a powerful double-feature looking at the most critical issue of our time. It’s so hard to wrap our...
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Rubin and Suzuki - End of Growth Tour Today I commend David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin for their End of Growth Tour. We don’t often fame or shame really old news, but today is one of those exceptions – because the subject of this fame is really exceptional. The tour actually took place in the Fall of 2012, but I only recently learned of it (thanks to Karen Gaia’s World Overpopulation Awareness newsletter). The good news is you can access a video made at the London, Ontario stop at University of Western Ontario: This is not a snappy three-minute cartoon. It is a fascinating 45:00 presentation with some meat,...
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