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Fastest Growing Cities Celebrated - No Critical Thought Today’s example of unexamined assumptions in the media about the goodness of growth is one of those very painful ones. I just want to reach out and slap Richie Bernardo for writing 2014s Fastest Growing Cities without thinking critically about the mythology it celebrates. A story like this could be approached factually, without any of the common assumptions that population growth is a wise goal for all or most cities. I look for that whenever I see a headline like this. But, sadly, that is not the case here: “Some cities have it all: the jobs, the schools, the museums, the nightlife,...
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What's Possible? I’m honoring on the Wall of Fame today a very inspirational short film. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and populated with footage from the world’s best filmmakers and stock footage libraries, in less than 4 minutes What’s Possible inspires us to want to make a difference. It makes you want to make the big changes necessary to leave the next generation a world worth inheriting. It is truly inspiring. The words, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Bourne Ultimatum), are scrumptious. The Hans Zimmer music score is spot on. Something about the film did trouble me, a little. What bothered me is...
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Romm and Klein: Kinder Capitalism Needed We’ll continue on the climate change topic today, since that is on everyone’s mind this week (usually it’s only on the minds of those who are awake). Joseph Romm makes the Wall of Fame today for his review of Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate. I’m pretty sure we should be honoring Klein here and recommending her book, however I’ve not had time to pick it up and read it. It sounds irresistible, as the book jacket declares that it “tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against...
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Heinberg and Williams Rout Krugman on Economic Growth vs. Livable Climate Today the UN holds a one-day Climate Summit, and that has sparked a spate of activity lately around that issue. Worth sharing is some public debate over a recent report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. The report, which I’ve not read, apparently concludes that we can intensify efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions AND have significant economic growth. You can just hear the sighs of relief in corporate boardrooms and cabinet meetings. For a while there it looked like we were going to have to make the planet the biggest slow-cooker in history. In Errors and Emissions:...
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Germany Exploits Immigrants to Feed Growth Addiction The headline for this news story just screams for a spot on the Wall of Shame: Germany Opens Doors to Immigrants to Fuel Economy It might even seem compassionate on the surface, but there is so much wrong with the thinking behind both this public policy and the unquestioning reporting: “Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development determined that Germany is the world’s second most popular destination for immigrants after the United States.” That’s a fact, and there is nothing wrong with reporting the facts. But the story is then turned over to a growth booster: “Unlike many other countries...
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