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Economic Growth Group Draws Blueprint for Planetary Destruction 10 counties in south central Kansas, a university a think tank and a foundation share the spotlight today on the Wall of Shame. They are undertaking an effort called Blueprint for Regional Economic Growth, as reported by John Green in The Hutchinson News: Economic Growth Group to Start This story caught my eye, because the last thing a full planet needs is another “economic growth” group. But Wichita State University, several counties, the Kaufman Foundation and the Brookings Institution are apparently not up to speed. They’ve probably not read the latest Living Planet Report. They may have missed The Limits to...
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Al Jazeera Breaks Population Taboo It’s my pleasure today to congratulate Al Jazeera correspondent, Step Vaessen, who authored this new opinion piece about population with unusual candor:  Indonesia Facing Overpopulation Crisis? Even the headline writer (probably Vaessen in this case) did the right thing, using a word rarely seen in the news media: overpopulation. Vaessen’s commentary earned Wall of Fame status by pointing out the obvious: “You know a country is overpopulated when people cannot afford to queue. In Indonesia this is visible every day at bus and train stations.” She paints a stark portrait of the inhumanity of crowds, competing for everything in short supply...
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Columbia, MO Destroying Future at a Good Clip We roast news reporting and opinion columns with pro-growth bias because they play a key role in keeping our society hooked on growth. Today’s Wall of Shame features an unremarkable column in a middle-America newspaper. Few would brand it propaganda. But the very fact that columns like this are routinely published – month after month – with nary a question, gives them surprising power.  They program readers to believe increasing population, rising consumption, and the economic growth they fuel, are unquestioned, universally lauded, unalloyed goods. By the time we’re young adults, that programming is complete, but the continuing barrage of growth...
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Good Reporting on Bad News by AFP Applause today for Mariette Le Roux and Agence France-Presse for connecting the dots between economic growth and ecosystem destruction. Take a look at: Europe Still Off Mark on Sustainability Goals: Report At first glance, this looks like the usual environment story one will find buried on page 8. “Europe could miss several key targets for safeguarding its species, water, air and land, said a study Tuesday that warned economic recovery would add to the pressure on natural resources. While it has made great strides in recycling and greener energy, the continent has failed to stop habitat destruction, overfishing and pollution, said...
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Stagnating Wages - We Can’t Shop Till We Drop News reports about Friday’s release of job data by the U.S. Labor Department shared some common misassumptions: People (“consumers”) spending more money is a good thing, because… More economic activity is a universal, unalloyed good Therefore, we all want wages to rise significantly year over year After a Bounce, Wage Growth Slumps to 0.1%, by New York Times economic reporter Dionne Searcey, is a good example of this. Statements like these telegraph the reporter’s judgment and assumptions about the goodness of growth: “…wage gains continued to lag, rising only 0.1 percent in February… That resulted in a mere 2 percent advance over...
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