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Finance Canada has issued a rebuttal of a politically embarrassing report on middle-class economic woes that was compiled last fall by experts in another federal department.
The duelling analyses highlight an economic issue almost certain to dominate the federal election campaign next year, as political parties cite the same data to make opposite points.
Last October, bureaucrats at Employment and Social Development Canada wrote a scathing internal report on the plight of the middle class, calling the Canadian dream “a myth more than a reality.”
The report, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, was immediately hailed by opposition parties as proof of the financial straits of Canadian families, but it was dismissed by cabinet ministers as outdated and misleading.
In April this year, Finance Canada economists put together a more detailed rebuttal for the new minister, Joe Oliver, using the same data but interpreting them in a more positive way. (via National Post)
see also: http://inbonobo.tumblr.com/post/83734646002/canada-is-officially-home-to-the-richest-middle and http://inbonobo.tumblr.com/post/83727175375/a-new-study-shows-canadas-middle-class-as-a-world

Finance Canada has issued a rebuttal of a politically embarrassing report on middle-class economic woes that was compiled last fall by experts in another federal department.
The duelling analyses highlight an economic issue almost certain to dominate the federal election campaign next year, as political parties cite the same data to make opposite points.
Last October, bureaucrats at Employment and Social Development Canada wrote a scathing internal report on the plight of the middle class, calling the Canadian dream “a myth more than a reality.”
The report, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, was immediately hailed by opposition parties as proof of the financial straits of Canadian families, but it was dismissed by cabinet ministers as outdated and misleading.
In April this year, Finance Canada economists put together a more detailed rebuttal for the new minister, Joe Oliver, using the same data but interpreting them in a more positive way. (via National Post)
see also: http://inbonobo.tumblr.com/post/83734646002/canada-is-officially-home-to-the-richest-middle and http://inbonobo.tumblr.com/post/83727175375/a-new-study-shows-canadas-middle-class-as-a-world

Sadly, “science” is not color blind. Never was, never will be. The notion that people of color have a racially defined deficiency isn’t new. The 19th century practice of measuring skulls, and equating them with morality and intelligence, is perhaps the most infamous example. But race-based measurements still persist. Today, doctors examine our lungs using spirometers that are “race corrected.” Normal values for lung health are reduced for patients that doctors identify as black. Not only might this practice mask economic or environmental explanations for lower lung capacity, but the logic of innate, racial difference is built into things like disability estimates, pre-employment physicals, and clinical diagnoses that rely on the spirometer. Race has become a biologically distinct, scientifically valid category despite the unnatural and social process of its creation. (via The Atlantic)

Sadly, “science” is not color blind. Never was, never will be.
The notion that people of color have a racially defined deficiency isn’t new. The 19th century practice of measuring skulls, and equating them with morality and intelligence, is perhaps the most infamous example. But race-based measurements still persist. Today, doctors examine our lungs using spirometers that are “race corrected.” Normal values for lung health are reduced for patients that doctors identify as black. Not only might this practice mask economic or environmental explanations for lower lung capacity, but the logic of innate, racial difference is built into things like disability estimates, pre-employment physicals, and clinical diagnoses that rely on the spirometer. Race has become a biologically distinct, scientifically valid category despite the unnatural and social process of its creation. (via The Atlantic)

Here’s the view I disagree with: “When people seek out stolen images like the ones just released of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other celebrities, those people are violating these women in much the same way that the person who stole the pictures did.” (via The Atlantic)

First, satisfying one’s curiosity by looking at / reading something is never immoral. Secondly, these people are celebrities - they are selling their image for money, they willingly placed themselves into the public view. As such, they no longer possess a “right” to their image (or it’s severely diminished). Thirdly, they uploaded private stuff without even attempting encryption - that’s idiotic.

I looked at the photos, there’s nothing wrong with them, I saw nothing “unbecoming” - if others do, the problems is with their attitude, not with the act of informing oneself.

Here’s the view I disagree with: “When people seek out stolen images like the ones just released of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other celebrities, those people are violating these women in much the same way that the person who stole the pictures did.” (via The Atlantic)

First, satisfying one’s curiosity by looking at / reading something is never immoral. Secondly, these people are celebrities - they are selling their image for money, they willingly placed themselves into the public view. As such, they no longer possess a “right” to their image (or it’s severely diminished). Thirdly, they uploaded private stuff without even attempting encryption - that’s idiotic.

I looked at the photos, there’s nothing wrong with them, I saw nothing “unbecoming” - if others do, the problems is with their attitude, not with the act of informing oneself.