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Consumer Spending Showing Renewed Life USA Today’s Paul Davidson fell into all the classic traps in reporting that, “The American consumer has a pulse, after all.” This news story goes beyond reporting the facts about rising U.S. retail sales. The assumption that more consumption is good news is evident throughout.  “The improvement marks a shift from a couple of months ago, when rising food and gas prices, along with modest wage growth, threatened to undercut forecasts for brisker consumer spending.” American “consumers” stepped up purchases of automobiles, furniture, electronics, sporting goods and clothing. Davidson calls this an “improvement.” A scientist assessing our ecosystems and resources would call it...
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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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Are Advanced Economies Mature Enough to Handle No Growth? This piece is not from the mainstream media, and it seems to be a little unclear or undecided in its premise, but I’m honoring it on the Wall of Fame today because it is among the most thoughtful writing about what lies ahead as we experience the end of economic growth. “While some ‘the end of growth is nigh’ types are simply expressing doubt that 20th century rates of increase can be attained in an era of resource scarcity, others see a low-growth future as attractive, even virtuous, with smaller, more autonomous, more cohesive communities.” Here Yves Smith was referring to people...
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Okotoks Drools Over Plan to Kill Goose Joe Bish, of Population Media Center, brought this story to my attention yesterday. The headline and subhead say it all: Okotoks Gets Ready For The Big Boom With 60-Year-PlanCity With Small-Town Soul Plans For Impressive Growth I share (and shame) it here because of what Bish describes as, the “un-abandoned glee and mirth that city managers and development corporations are experiencing -- as the ‘new plan’ is to gun for a population of 82,000 as soon as possible.” This, for a small Canadian town that in 2012 removed its population cap of 30,000, which was based on an assessment of the town’s...
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WWF Misses #1 Way to Reduce Carbon Footprint I like World Wildlife Fund. Each year this global organization publishes the Living Planet Report, a thorough and eye-opening assessment of human impact on the Earth. But even an organization doing such amazing work can be guilty of political correctness, which I’m afraid may be the reason 7 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint finds itself on the Wall of Shame today. Don’t get me wrong; it’s great that WWF is offering “Green Tips” to help individuals scale back their footprint. With 7.2 billion of us on the planet, it’s essential we are each very conscious and intentional about minimizing our...
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