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Michael Hardner

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  1. Riverwind I think that was my point. The two income household part at least, but the additional point of yours is well taken.
  2. Lictor, Not only have you not found evidence, you've further proven why the media is in many ways likely to ignore the type of coverage you would like. The murder of Mr. Byrd by white supremacists is a type of race-based killing which, as Kimmy points out, receives particular interest and IMO deserves that interest. Why ? Because people are rightfully concerned about ideologies that dehumanize races, and know the particular type of hell that that thinking leads to. See not-too-distant history. The other killing seems to be by all accounts a murder of the type that occur every day - cruel and chilling but not based on an ideology that encourages humans to dehumanize groups of others. Now, your example was very difficult to find but I did find it here: Natall.com where the author Dr. William Pierce says: Which leads me to ask - why are you reading from Dr. Pierce ? Do you admire his writings ? Answer the question, please and thank you. Dr. William Pierce I can only give you so much benefit of the doubt, Lictor, and in fact I may have given you too much already.
  3. Morris, Here's a better method: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/rates/inflation_calc.html My father made $32,000 per year in 2009 dollars and our house was $101,000 approximately.
  4. MD What math ? Did you apply CPI inflation increases to the house price ? How about to my father's [starting] salary. Economics doesn't seem to work properly over 50 years.
  5. eyeball - It wasn't my request, and it was requested via the dataTO.org site.
  6. BC Then again, we didn't have slavery on that scale so we didn't need to. But your point is taken, and indeed that to me is a revelation of the more British nature of Canadian society. Polite quietude is the norm.
  7. OB The supper powerful will often be seen at a power lunch, though, won't they ? Buffalo wings are delicious.
  8. A new 'open' data policy is being tried in Toronto at toronto.ca/open. The backstage intrigue began in earnest this week when somebody requested performance statistics and another poster anonymously said something like "there is no way you will ever see this". This seems minor and is under the radar right now, but it will be front page news someday I predict.
  9. Lictor, No dodge here - I'm waiting for something real from you and will continue to do so. Speaking of dodge, though, thanks for the implicit acknowledgment (again) that you're outside the fringe of conservatives such as GW Bush.
  10. Lictor, There's really no evidence of this, although as I have stated in my discussion with Kimmy it wouldn't surprise me if it were true. I guess you're acknowledging, then, that I never said that one group 'deserved' coverage ? Thanks, if so. My response is that race is just one aspect of the news that is distorted by our information industry operating as it does. Unsurprisingly, you appear (by use of CAPS) to fly into a rage when any issue of race comes up that doesn't favour whites. Again, these are delicate issues which is why your sledgehammer (ALL CAPS) handling of them is far, far apart from the mainstream. As your conservative president indicated: "Islam is peace." If you don't buy that, then get thee to the sidelines.
  11. Lictor, I don't think I hear them talk about infection rates by age, gender or religion very much either. Well, it depends. It sounds racist to me coming from you because to be honest I suspect your motives for discussing race all the time. I have my reasons. If I heard somebody on PBS discussing it, I would suspect that they're examining the problem as an objective issue. I don't know that. Discussion of race is necessarily a delicate matter, and best handled by people with tact is all. This is why you're not reading the news, and Peter Mansbridge is.
  12. OB Clearly, that's not the case or you wouldn't have had federal and state courts overruling each other in the 1960s. [edited to add] Or trying to overrule each other in the states' case.
  13. There was a professor on CBC1 this morning talking about development of this book. He pointed repeatedly to Canada's 'Civic Heritage' as opposed to our ethnic or cultural heritage, which I thought was a great way to describe this country.
  14. Lictor, Please try to read things twice before you post. Where did I say that anybody 'deserved' coverage ?
  15. K, Local TV and radio news carries a good load of crimes and the coverage seems to follow your rules for inclusion but it should be pointed out that the level of coverage changes as well. A downtown Toronto accidental shooting in the tourist area at Christmas shopping time is still mentioned today, whereas a murder that occurred across the street from where I lived around then received scant coverage.
  16. Lictor You still haven't shown that this is the case. Just pointing it out, though, for folks browsing the forum lest they think that your views are accepted at face value around here. No need to respond, really.
  17. Kimmy, Ok - well it makes me ask why individual crimes need to be covered in the first place. They're always there but do we need to know about them in such a way ? Aren't trends and statistics more important to us than individual crimes ?
  18. MD, Yes, that's the basic law of economics. The reason you give is the only reason. My father paid about $14K for a house in the lower beaches in the early 1960s, which was about 3.5 years' pay. Doing the math makes you really wonder what is going on.
  19. Pliny, Not at all. My degree is valuable, and my intelligence is sound IMO. A friend of mine knew a door-to-door scam man who once bragged about fooling Albert Einstein in Princeton NJ out of a few dollars. The story was believable.
  20. Pliny, That's kind of a semantic distinction. In fact there were laws in some cases, and practices in other cases. Laws can be brought in to enforce behavior that society sees as moral, however as you point in the reason has to come from elsewhere. I believe we are on the cusp of understanding each other here, and it seems to me that the grey area is the area where we may differ, which is as it should be.
  21. bjre, I don't think that this is right, but perhaps after we kill everyone in the world the pirates will be dead.
  22. Lictor, Absolutely not - you're misrepresenting what I said, as expected.
  23. MD You're entering into a tricky arena when you try to explain the market, and although your explanations here are plausible, I would add a caveat to your post as there's an element of guesswork there. With that caveat in place, I would add the following: Although salaries are level, most families have a 2nd income. Also families have fewer children, and other costs have fallen over time, such as grocery costs. As such, families have money to spend on things that are important to them, such as housing. For example, in downtown Toronto how many homes are owned by families with more than 1 income and less than 3 children ? I would say quite a bit more than in 1960.
  24. Argus, I don't think it would. I think that type of crime wouldn't elicit the type of righteous indignation that the editors want the viewers to feel. But I also agree with this: "Yet we never get entertained by that - for some reason."
  25. I agree with Kimmy. Some posters here may not be as familiar with technology, and as such I need to point out to them that the internet changes fairly quickly. New look, new features are an annoyance at first, but you need to remember what the board offers in the first place and trust that you will get used to the changes, and eventually learn how to operate the new machine. I mean, you didn't stop driving cars in the 1960s when they dropped tail fins did you ?
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