Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about
living in Toronto again, which is almost
day during the winter]
Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when
I need a positive spin on things past, present
[This is where I go to see what Canadians
are up to, sometimes I even buy things from
the businesses listed there.]
Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning,
and before every road trip during the winter]
I ended up at the Statistics
Canada web site. I cannot remember just what
series of clicks led me there.
"Well," I thought, "as
long as I am here, lets have a look
at where we stand
relation to our peers."
So, to put our economic situation into
perspective, I viewed the data from
2005, the most recent statistics
I could find.
median income for couple families (2
our neck of the woods, was more than
three times our annual income in
2005 (well, closer to four times our
annual income, a very hard year for
That was in 2005. I suspect that the
median income may have gone down since
2005, considering the economic downturn,
and I am going to assume that is has
We are now closer to the median than we were
in 2005. That's an improvement right?
But it isn't an improvement.
Our income is
than it was in 2005, but has not kept up
with inflation and now the median
is lower. We are a little worse off
than we were then, and some other people
are a lot worse off than they were then.
A falling median means that more people are
joining us at bottom of the economic ladder. If
you enjoy Schadenfreude, this is very good
news indeed. I am not prone to Schadenfreude,
and so I am taking a very dim view of the
There must be an opposite term for Schadenfreude;
aha, I found one, mudita.
Too bad the economic models of competition
and profit aren't based on mudita!
If the species can envision alternate number
bases, why can't we envision alternate
I think we can, I think we can, I think we
|RECIPES :: Cast
I know when it is snowing and blowing, even
when it is raining; my handy weathervane
lights up when the weather is bad. Four out
of five lights tonight! Grab your shovel
"When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a whistle!
And this'll help things turn out for the
...always look on the bright side of life!"
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
performed by Eric Idle in the Life of Brian
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