Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Life In Paradise...

It’s the third year in a row Canada recognised as the second best country in the world, according to the U.S. News and Report’s Best Country list.

Bullshit, as Harry Frankfurt said, isn’t the same thing as a lie. When you read a lie, you know it is untrue. When bullshit is read, on the other hand, you simply don’t care if it’s true or not. So if I were to tell you that I’m writing this post on a typewriter rather than my laptop that would be a lie. If I were to tell you that I’m writing this post on my laptop and some of the components in this computer were manufactured in Taiwan, well that would be a bullshit....

U.S. News and Report’s Best Country list is a statistical bullshit...
In today's article Almost a third of Canadians 'very stressed about money,' report finds written by David Maher, CTVNews, shows us some surprising facts about Canadian paradise.

Nearly one third of Canadians feel “very stressed about money” on a regular basis – either “often” or “all the time," a new study has revealed. The Angus Reid Institute (ARI) investigation into poverty found that more than a quarter of people in Canada are struggling to make ends meet. The online poll examined responders’ personal experiences, rather than just looking at their income.

ARI researchers split the population into four groups based on the results.

The Struggling (16 per cent of the total population),

those On the Edge (11 per cent),

those who are Recently Comfortable (36 per cent),

and those who are Always Comfortable (37 per cent).

There is nothing true in this world. I had enough of "hope and change". There is no transformation, radical or otherwise. Being awaken is the only remedy for our problems. Life is painful. There is no use asking why it is so. It is so...

According to this ARI study people in Canada are...

Using a “pay day loan” type service that offers access to cash but at higher interest rates (11 per cent of Canadians have done this in their lives)

Being late paying rent or mortgage (18 per cent)

Being unable to pay a utility bill (24 per cent)

Having to borrow money for essentials like groceries or transportation (25 per cent)

Living in a place that is too small or too far away from work or otherwise doesn’t meet one’s needs (27 per cent)

Being unable to buy new clothes when they’re needed (39 per cent)

Being unable to afford dental care (40 per cent)

And, being unable to afford good quality groceries and having to buy what’s cheap instead (43 per cent)

“More than one-in-five of the Struggling (22 per cent), for instance, come from households earning between $50,000 and $100,000 per year – well above the low-income cut-offs for an individual or even a family of four,” the report reads. “Their experiences with the 12 scenarios on the list nevertheless indicate that they are facing genuine financial difficulty, perhaps as a result of factors not captured by questions about their income, such as debt, the cost of living in their areas, or the expenses associated with raising children.”

Canadians with children living at home were asked an additional series of questions about their ability to provide for them. Nearly one-in-five (18 per cent) say they can’t always afford to feed their children as nutritiously as they would like, and nearly one-quarter (24 per cent) are unable to buy their children a requested gift for Christmas or a birthday.

“Think about how many people live in our big cities and how expensive cost of housing is. If you live in Greater Toronto or Greater Vancouver that’s a huge part of it,” said Kurl. “Add to that raising kids - pretty expensive these days. As well as credit card debt and other major, fixed costs. “

Three-in-ten (31 per cent) cannot afford for their kids to participate in after-school sports or music programs

Four-in-ten (41 per cent) haven’t been able to save any money for their children’s post-secondary education

And an even larger number (45 per cent) say they could not afford to pay for a tutor if their child was failing at school

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