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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 Trifecta of Pro-Growth Bias in Reporting Associated Press offered so much judgment in recent days that more spending, consumption and economic growth are desirable, I’m having to spotlight three stories at once here on the Wall of Shame: In New US Home Sales Plunge 8.1% In June, there is a clear assumption that building more houses is an unalloyed good. A drop in the number of new houses sold is reported as, “a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.” Construction and sale of more houses would apparently create a “stronger” economy. What are the criteria the reporter, analysts and policymakers...
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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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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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Economic Reporting has Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Yes, every time the U.S. announces GDP estimates, financial journalists briefly awake from their snooze, but not from their stupor. They muster just enough brainpower to phone in yet another report that assumes endless economic growth is both wonderful and possible. No new thinking. No exploration of alternative views. No consideration of changing times and circumstances. Wednesday’s estimate of a U.S. economy contracting in the first quarter at an annualized rate of 2.9% was no exception, as this sampling of headlines illustrates: Economy in First Quarter Was Worse Than Everybody Thought (New York Times) Bad to Worse: US Economy Shrank More...
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