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Fed Upbeat on Pace of Planet Liquidation An announcement yesterday from the U.S. Federal Reserve Board had the usual pro-growth perspective, and Reuters dutifully spread the cultural programming that keeps the growth myth alive, with:  Fed Upbeat on U.S. Economy, Cites Strong Job Gains This line from the story pretty well sums up the tone and belief system of both the Fed and Reuters reporters Michael Flaherty and Howard Schneider: "Economic activity has been expanding at a solid pace,’ the Fed said in a statement that marked an upgrade to its prior assessment of a ‘moderate pace’ of growth." Throughout this story, we find the usual evidence of...
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Planetary Destruction Begins at Home The Gaston Gazette’s Eric Wildstein probably grew up like most of us, reading and hearing about the joys of population and economic growth. Even if he learned that human activity on the planet is disrupting the climate, extinguishing species and liquidating natural resources, that was never considered when his hometown or state celebrated topping some list of the fastest-growing. Somehow the growth of a city, county or state has nothing to do with the overshoot of global human population. So I must resist the urge to label as clueless his recent Gazette story about population growth in North Carolina, and Gaston...
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More Chinese Babies Needed to Save the Sneaker 40 years ago China wised up and realized no good was coming from its ride on the hockey-stick shaped curve of exponential population growth. Not everyone is thrilled about that nation’s solution. China’s one-child policy has been derided as oppressive, and there is no doubt its implementation left much to be desired. However, the reasoning behind the policy was quite sound. It is particularly troubling, therefore, to find growth boosters and birth-dearthers coming out of the woodwork to cry out for Chinese women to begin pumping out workers. None of these boosters is asking for more beautiful children, who will grow...
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President Leads Giant Liquidation Sale The U.S. obsession with economic growth was in full display Tuesday night. The state of the economy headlined President Barack Obama’s DIY performance review, aka the State of the Union. Both the President and the GOP rebuttal competed to see who could promise U.S. citizens the most – the most jobs, the most income growth, the lowest taxes…the most economic growth. “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” We only had to wait till the second paragraph of the President’s speech to get to what is universally being...
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ABC Offers More Complete Economic News Today we honor Australia’s ABC Radio program, RN Breakfast, for including an alternate view of what is universally characterized as “gloomy” global economic growth forecasts. All-too-often we hear that less economic growth is bad news, from the high priests of the church of growth everlasting (politicians, bankers, and economists), and that’s ALL we hear. Last Friday RN Breakfast Producer Claire Stewart did what few journalists do. She invited Australian multi-millionaire philanthropist and sustainability activist Dick Smith to offer his perspective: “The present form of growth that our economic system requires—which is basically perpetual growth in the use of energy and resources—is not...
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