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Scripturient: Does anyone still read books?

I came across an early version of this infographic on Facebook and it shook me to my core. You can see it here. The updated and corrected infographic is shown to the right. It is only marginally less distressing than the earlier one. Unfortunately, the early one, although inaccurate and misleading, is still being shared. . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Does anyone still read books?

Things Are Good: Know The Risks

Humans are really good at pattern recognition but really bad at figuring out which patterns actually matter. This impacts how we live as individuals and as a collective – be it a local neighbourhood or as a country. We look at patterns that threaten us and overreact to some (like removing our freedoms in the […]

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Scripturient: Not quite seven signs of the apocalypse

A 2014 story on Salon, titled 7 things Americans think are more plausible than man-made global warming made its way around Facebook again, recently. It lists seven statistics about things Americans believe in more than they believe that human activi… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Not quite seven signs of the apocalypse

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Maternal mortality #nlpoli

Black women in the United States are twice as likely to die as a result of complications of pregnancy and childbirth as are white and Hispanic Americans, according to new research.  The story turned up in The Economist over the weekend.

Between 2006 and 2010,  the death rate for black women was almost 40 per . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Maternal mortality #nlpoli

Dead Wild Roses: Insensitivity To Sample Size – Stats on a Saturday?

Statistics is an area that I’m interested in. I’m not keenly interested enough to take a stats course, but I do like learning about some of the basic concepts. Thanks Youtube.. :>

 

Filed under: Education Tagged: Sample Size, Statistics

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crime Severity Indices, St. John’s #nlpoli

This week, Statistics Canada released their latest compilation of crime statistics based on reports by police.

The figures in the release were year to year but if you hunt around a bit,  you can find the original tables of data.  from there, you can pluck out specific information.  In this post, we’ve pulled out the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crime Severity Indices, St. John’s #nlpoli

Progressive Proselytizing: Hockey on the Side: Shocker, great teams get great stats

I’ve had some fun slipping the occasional non-politics related post into this politics blog like some of my old piano recordings or the newer Tech on the Side series. Covering politics and politics only doesn’t always do good things for my blood pressure, and so here goes for the inaugural Hockey on the Side. Besides, the emphasis . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Hockey on the Side: Shocker, great teams get great stats

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Reading: A Canadian tragedy… or not?

The map above might show the making of a serious tragedy for Western and especially Canadian culture. It indicates in colour which nations read the most. Yellow is the second lowest group. Canada is coloured yellow. In this survey, Canada ranks 10th – from the bottom! Twenty countries above us have populations which, on the . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Reading: A Canadian tragedy… or not?

Politics, Re-Spun: BC Is Actually “Missing” More Than 94,000 Jobs #SpinAlert

It’s not unusual to see unemployment rates of around 6-8% these days. But if you have always had the feeling that more than one in sixteen people is unemployed, you’re right. The capitalist machine likes to use that low number to avoid the greater reality that almost 30% of British Columbians from 15-64 are not . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: BC Is Actually “Missing” More Than 94,000 Jobs #SpinAlert

elementalpresent: Who’s Driving? A Response to 4Front Atlantic’s GPS for Atlantic Canada

What we are all looking for…is the readymade, competent man [sic]; the man whom some one else has trained. It is only when we fully realize that our duty, as well as our opportunity, lies in systematically cooperating to train and to make this competent man, instead of in hunting for a man whom . . . → Read More: elementalpresent: Who’s Driving? A Response to 4Front Atlantic’s GPS for Atlantic Canada

Sketchy Thoughts: Snapshot of Genocide

An excerpt from Loic Wacquant’s Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity (Duke University Press 2009), pages 59-73:

The Gaols of the Subproletariat: An Experimental Verification

It suffices, to discern the extrapenological functions served by the outsized extension of the US carceral apparatus even as crime plummeted for over a . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Snapshot of Genocide

Pop The Stack: The Long Form Census Debacle Starts to Show Its Impact

As predicted the dropping of the mandatory long form census last year is starting to be felt in the statistical results being collected. First problem: Language Data.

New language data may be skewed as a result of shift to voluntary census survey – The Globe and Mail.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: census, language, qubec, Science, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: The Long Form Census Debacle Starts to Show Its Impact

Pop The Stack: The Long Form Census Debacle Starts to Show Its Impact

As predicted the dropping of the mandatory long form census last year is starting to be felt in the statistical results being collected. First problem: Language Data.

New language data may be skewed as a result of shift to voluntary census survey – The Globe and Mail.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: census, language, qubec, Science, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: The Long Form Census Debacle Starts to Show Its Impact

elementalpresent: ‘Hipster’ is not a real job. Neither is not having a job.

Last week, the CCPA released a report (authored by yours truly) about youth un- and underemployment in Canada. It showed that, while youth unemployment in Canada is not insubstantial – 14.1% in 2011, up from 12.9% in 2006 – it’s still “low” compared to other OECD countries. In Greece, for example, the rate was 44.4% . . . → Read More: elementalpresent: ‘Hipster’ is not a real job. Neither is not having a job.

The Scott Ross: Canada Is Missing The Poverty Line

Canada is holding out its hands asking for change, our country is in poverty and it needs our help.

Where other countries are working to reduce their poverty like responsible world citizens, Canada is doing nothing. And worse yet it can’t even hope to lift itself out of poverty because Canada doesn’t even know what . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Canada Is Missing The Poverty Line

elementalpresent: Let’s not get carried away with Helicopter Parents

University and college classes start today for one of the most cash-strapped, debt-burdened, under-employed cohorts of post-secondary students this country has ever seen.[1] But that’s not the story. Instead, on the radio, in the newspaper, online and among many university instructors, the focus is on “entitled” students, “coddled” first-years, and “helicopter parents.” I’m especially ashamed . . . → Read More: elementalpresent: Let’s not get carried away with Helicopter Parents

elementalpresent: “Gotta Spend Money to Make Money”… or is it “Make Money to Save Money?”

“Young people want to retire early and spend, too”. That’s the main finding of a survey commissioned by the Bank of Montreal, released today in newspapers across the country. The coverage of the survey report is problematic on its own. For instance, although 1000 Canadians aged 18 and over were surveyed, the focus in . . . → Read More: elementalpresent: “Gotta Spend Money to Make Money”… or is it “Make Money to Save Money?”

Canadian Progressive World: Statistics Canada: Crime rate reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011

The evidence on the crime rate in Canada is out! Statistics Canada reported yesterday that rate of crimes reported to Canadian police forces across the country reached its lowest level last year. The incidents of serious crimes also dropped. By six per cent. That’s for most offences, including attempted murders, sexual assaults, major assaults, robberies, . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Statistics Canada: Crime rate reached its lowest level in 40 years in 2011

elementalpresent: How to Eliminate Tuition Fees (and do it right)

Quebec student group CLASSE has come forward with an offer of what it would take to end their almost four-month strike: the elimination of tuition fees by 2016. The plan is based on taxing banks, starting at 0.14 per cent per cent this year, and rising to 0.7 per cent over the next four. According . . . → Read More: elementalpresent: How to Eliminate Tuition Fees (and do it right)

elementalpresent: “Twelve Going on Thirty” OR “Is the Globe and Mail the Worst Newspaper Yet?”

What do I have in common with a 12-year-old? Other than being alive, right now, in the same world, I’d like to wager ‘not a whole lot.’ Yet psychologist Jean Twenge is working on the assumption that we share a generation, and for the Globe and Mail, it just might be “the worst generation yet”. . . . → Read More: elementalpresent: “Twelve Going on Thirty” OR “Is the Globe and Mail the Worst Newspaper Yet?”

Trashy's World: Year in review….

… can be found here… interesting stats. Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Death By Trolley: Moneyball Versus Short Hops

I recently had the privilege of reading the book and watching the movie, Moneyball. As a stat-headed baseball nerd, I thoroughly enjoyed both. For those unfamiliar with Moneyball, it is a book-turned-movie which also energized a new approach to baseball analytics under the same name. This new approach is presented in the book and movie […] . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Moneyball Versus Short Hops

Trashy's World: Good vid that demontrates the powers of robust stats…

I particularly like the last paragraph on the BBC 4 site: “…without statistics we are cast adrift on an ocean of confusion, but armed with stats we can take control of our lives, hold our rulers to account and see the world as it really is…. . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Good vid that demontrates the powers of robust stats…

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: By the numbers – infectious syphilis rates

Inspired by a comparison of rates for infectious syphilis for Canada and for Alberta, your humble e-scribbler took a gawk at the tables from the Public Health Agency of Canada that the Globe staff used to make their tables. Alberta’s rate per 100,00… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: By the numbers – infectious syphilis rates

Slap Upside The Head: Gay Teens More Likely To Be Homeless

One in four GLBT high school students in Massachusetts are classified as homeless, according to a new study from the Children’s Hospital Boston, published in the American Journal of Public Health last week. Students who identified as GLBT accounted for only five percent of all respondents, but nineteen percent of homelessness. That’s a full 25% of the GLBT-identified sample, […] . . . → Read More: Slap Upside The Head: Gay Teens More Likely To Be Homeless