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UPDATE 1-Fed's Fisher bashes US politicians for slowing economic growth - Reuters

UPDATE 1-Fed's Fisher bashes US politicians for slowing economic growth
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HONG KONG, April 4 (Reuters) - Political gridlock is slowing U.S.
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Climate-Saving Economic Miracle Debunked | Growth Bias Busted

Climate-Saving Economic Miracle Debunked | Growth Bias Busted | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Today’s nominee to the Wall of Fame doesn’t necessarily call that obsession with economic growth out for its suicidal tendencies, but it does do a great job of
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Interesting insight into the foolishness of banking on "decoupling" economic growth from resource intensity.
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April Stories Spotlighted

April Stories Spotlighted | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
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4 stories spotlighted this month at Growth Bias Busted. 2 examples of honest, accurate commentary, and several examples of poor journalism exhibiting a severe case of growth mania (pro-growth bias).
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Put Family Planning Atop CO2 Reduction List | Growth Bias Busted

Put Family Planning Atop CO2 Reduction List | Growth Bias Busted | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
I’m delighted to relaunch Growth Bias Busted with a nod to exemplary thought and writing about the important role of population reduction in decreasing carbon
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Here's a rare and delightful antidote to the usual growth mania.
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Reinvent the Economy: Gus Speth (#118) - Conversation Earth

Reinvent the Economy: Gus Speth (#118) - Conversation Earth | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
While world leaders wring their hands over forecasts of timid GDP growth, a growing list of visionaries around the world are collaborating to redefine economic objectives in a more meaningful and sustainable way. Former White House advisor Gus Speth has been at the forefront of new economic thought for decades. His prescription for change is …
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Here's a great example of the exact opposite of growth mania. Good work being done!

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Economic Heresy: Herman Daly (#113) - Conversation Earth

Economic Heresy: Herman Daly (#113) - Conversation Earth | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Robust economic growth has become the Holy Grail of public policy and politics. But some economists and many scientists have come to believe growth has become “uneconomic.” Former World Bank Senior Economist Herman Daly explains this in terms we can all understand. The economy is a sub-system of a larger system. The larger system being …
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Herman Daly explains limits to growth in terms even a neoclassical economist should be able to understand. This is sustainability 101 - economic chapter.

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Behaving Against Our Interest: Paul Ehrlich (#110) - Conversation Earth

Behaving Against Our Interest: Paul Ehrlich (#110) - Conversation Earth | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
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Paul Ehrlich ponders why we ignore evidence that our growth obsession is going to extinguish our species: "It’s not a matter of needing more science to know what do. We can use more science, but the big problem is why is there such a gap between what the scholarly community knows and what the politicians and public know and are willing to do anything about.”

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Rewriting Our Cultural Narrative: William Rees (#105) - Conversation Earth

Rewriting Our Cultural Narrative: William Rees (#105) - Conversation Earth | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
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This new radio series and podcast shares some of the smartest thinking on why growthmania exists, and how it might be overcome. This episode with William Rees is right on the money, but check out earlier episodes with Juliet Schor, Al Bartlett, Raj Patel and Winona LaDuke.

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Pope's Absurd Population Position

Pope's Absurd Population Position | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Most media coverage of the encyclical released by the Vatican last week has focused on the pope’s call for action to address climate change and poverty. Some coverage, however, has zeroed in on the encyclical’s take on population. The Population Institute’s Robert Walker writes impressively from an informed perspective on population issues at Huffi...
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New York Times Fail on Overpopulation

New York Times Fail on Overpopulation | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
A video and brief written report published by the New York Times get star treatment today on the Wall of Shame. The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion is a disappointing advocacy piece posing as “reporting.” The video, produced by Kit R. Roane and Sarah Weiser, seems designed from the outset to make a point: that the concerns about world ov...
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NSW Winning Race to Collapse

NSW Winning Race to Collapse | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Class is now in session. We have an over-the-top illustration of extreme pro-growth bias in news reporting. The first hint of this came from the headline in the Sydney Morning Herald:Surging NSW Ensconced as Number One State, WA SlipsRanking cities or states according to population or economic growth may seem a small thing in terms of bias, but the...
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Collision Course Spotlights Campaign of Doubt

Collision Course Spotlights Campaign of Doubt | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
I'm certain the book, Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet, deserves a place on the Wall of Fame. Having not yet read it, I must settle today for honoring Herman Daly’s review published in the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy’s Daly News (named after the former World Bank senior economist and now-famous father o...

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MSNBC Gets Economy/Population Reporting Right

MSNBC Gets Economy/Population Reporting Right | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
One of the primary goals of Growth Bias Busted is to encourage our news media to report more accurately about economic and population growth, so it's a real rush to celebrate outstanding coverage by a “mainstream” media outlet. MSNBC gets an all-too-rare day in the sun for a recent episode of Greenhouse:“Anytime you hear anybody praising economic g...
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A rare moment of antidote to growth mania in mainstream media. Thx to  @shiftmsnbc and  @PaulREhrlich

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Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey

Stone Age Population Policy Implemented by Turkey | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes the Wall of Shame today with a bullet. Last week the country’s prime minister announced new incentives to support the Paleozoic president’s ambition for Turkey to regress to new levels of unsustainability:“Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government yesterday unveiled a new reform package aimed at realising Presi...
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Mother’s Day Economics | Growth Busters

Mother’s Day Economics | Growth Busters | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
This Mother’s Day, growth-boosting economists the world over want you to know that becoming a mother may be rough on the planet, but it is good for GDP.
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Take Economic Growth Off Our Bucket List | Growth Bias Busted

Take Economic Growth Off Our Bucket List | Growth Bias Busted | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Imagine my dismay last week as my morning newspaper greeted me with this headline: Bleak Outlook for Global Economy Fortunately, just below that story on
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4 economic growth stories make the Wall of Fame as examples of pro-growth Kool Aid that keeps us marching right off the cliff.
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Free Black Friday Global Film Screening Alternative to Frenzy at the Mall | PRLog

Free Black Friday Global Film Screening Alternative to Frenzy at the Mall | PRLog | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Free Black Friday Global Film Screening Alternative to Frenzy at the Mall. Filmmaker Advises to Avoid the “Zombie Shopacalypse” on Black Friday - PR12513745
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Gold Somewhere Over the Growth Rainbow

Gold Somewhere Over the Growth Rainbow | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Here’s an editorial that appeared last month in the Decatur, Illinois Herald & Review. I’ve been saving it for a slow Monday, because it deserves a little slow roasting.Council Votes Against GrowthUgh. Yes, this piece is over-the-top boosterism. In bemoaning a council decision not to enable a big store to locate in a neighborhood, it offers tex...
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This is classic, textbook cultural programming. Watch for it. Don't drink this Kool Ade!

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The Cornucopian Myth: William Catton (#107) - Conversation Earth

The Cornucopian Myth: William Catton (#107) - Conversation Earth | Growth Mania | Scoop.it

Latest episode of the new radio show & podcast, Conversation Earth.

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The late William Catton had our number back in the 1970s as he wrote a seminal book on our growthmania, Overshoot. This is a great interview on the subject.

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How NOT to Feed the World

How NOT to Feed the World | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
There is no question today the wealthiest populations are wasting and consuming more than they need, while the poorest peoples get short shrift. Should we work to rectify that? Yes. Should we pretend we can be 100% successful? Probably not. Should we expect that to end hunger and poverty sustainably? No.I’m a fan of Grist, mostly because of senior ...
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Hillary Clinton Wants You to "Get Ahead"

Hillary Clinton Wants You to "Get Ahead" | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Prosperity for all and ever-rising income are about as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. Hillary Clinton promised to restore this American Dream in the first speech and rally of her 2016 presidential campaign. We’ve come to expect that each year we’ll be materially richer than the year before. Of course that dream has been shaken over t...
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Yes, the Drought Is Bad in California. It’s Going to Be Much, Much Worse in Arizona.

Yes, the Drought Is Bad in California. It’s Going to Be Much, Much Worse in Arizona. | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Last week, Lake Mead, which sits on the border of Nevada and Arizona, set a new record low—the first time since the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s that the lake’s surface has dipped below 1,080 feet above sea level. The West’s drought is so bad that official...

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Not a mention of putting a moratorium on new customers connecting to the water system. Not a mention of food being pretty essential to life (moreso than new housing starts).

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Not a mention of putting a moratorium on new customers connecting to the water system. Not a mention of food being pretty essential to life (moreso than new housing starts).

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We Will Destroy The Planet And Here's How

We Will Destroy The Planet And Here's How | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
The minute I watched this segment from RT’s Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp, I knew it must adorn the Wall of Shame here at Growth Bias Busted immediately. The first 12 seconds capture the very essence of our work:“Growth! It’s the cornerstone of our society. We must continue to grow. The Dow Jones must continue to go up. Your bank account must keep...
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We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us

We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
Don’t let my provocative headline give you the wrong impression. Today’s awesome piece of writing did not earn Wall of Fame honors by shaming us for our bad behavior. There is plenty to be ashamed about, but Bill Ryerson does a great job of creating understanding and offering realistic hope in his introduction to the new book:Overdevelopment, Overp...
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Best writing EVER on overpopulation.

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Vatican Rolls Out New Line of Chastity Belts

Vatican Rolls Out New Line of Chastity Belts | Growth Mania | Scoop.it
News that Pope Francis advised Catholics not to breed “like rabbits,” stormed the social media this week. Clearly we cannot ignore this here at Growth Bias Busted. The media coverage showed little evidence of pro-growth bias, but we do often feature the remarks and policy positions of world leaders. Thus, we were presented with a quandary: Do we ho...
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