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Enough of this Baby Talk! Congratulations and Wall of Fame Honors to freelance writer Erin Migdol today for her piece in Mic about societal expectations and pressures for women to birth babies. In 12 Women With Perfect Responses for Why They Don't Have Kids, Migdol wonderfully makes the point that reproduction is not the primary purpose of a woman’s existence. “In a classic Seinfeld episode, Elaine sits surrounded by friends with kids as they accost her with the now-infamous line: ‘You gotta have a baby!’ We can only guess millions of women watched, nodding their heads and wondering: What do you say when society demands to know...
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Publication of Mythology Fuels Growth Addiction After yesterday’s remarkable Al Jazeera column about the inhumane living conditions in an overpopulated country, we hop back over from Wall of Fame to Wall of Shame. Here we have another column, but this one reinforcing the myth that growth is beneficial, wonderful, universally lauded – something to be pursued and celebrated. The pro-growth propaganda begins with the headline over Charles Lawton’s column in Maine’s Portland Press Herald earlier this week: Maine’s Population Numbers Bode Well In an overpopulated country, on an overpopulated planet, such a headline could be factual if Maine’s population were dropping toward a sustainable level.  Lawton gave me...
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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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Robust Economic Growth Takes Huge Toll on Planet's Biocapacity It may be a first for us to post a news release on the Wall of Fame. I had hoped by this morning to find a flurry of news stories about the release of Global Footprint Network’s 2015 National Footprint Accounts. Alas, this is not quite in the breaking news category at most news organizations. “Ecological overshoot now stands at 54 percent above the planet's biocapacity. This means humanity demands biocapacity 54 percent faster than what our planet can renew in one year. By contrast, our planet had 30 percent more biocapacity than what humanity used in 1961, the first year...
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Japan: Economy Needs Babies | Rosling: Relax Keep Calm and Overpopulate Sunday on CNN’s GPS, pop demography commentator Hans Rosling ended a Lego-style demography lesson with the comment that we can easily feed the billions projected to be added to world population over the rest of this century. Host Fareed Zakaria did nothing to question the basis or veracity of this claim. Rosling's off-hand remark was offered as part of his campaign to convince people to stop worrying about population growth. He is quite popular, because people want to be told that everything is going to be just fine. Every time I see this man on TV I...
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