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May 10th, 2011:

Political Correctness Gone To The Animals!!!!

Our family’s cat (Clarence) has never complained when I have called him a mindless, flea-bitten vermin… but then again, maybe he has already filed a complaint with PETA… or is secretly scheming to discredit me in some way….

Check it out. And please… don’t shoot the messenger…

This is the part that had me shaking my head the most violently:

Instead of “pet,” the Journal of Animal Ethics suggests “companion animal.” Rather than “wildlife,” they are to be called “free-living.” “Differentiated beings” or “non-human animals” is preferred to simply “animals.”

Words such as “vermin,” “beasts” and “critters” are stricken completely, along with similes such as “sly as a fox,” “drunk as a skunk,” “eat like a pig,” “slippery as an eel,” “breeding like rabbits” and “stubborn as a mule.”

“We will not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves to use more impartial nouns and adjectives in our exploration of animals and our moral relations with them,” the editors write.

O. M. F. G.

Thanks to Ken over at My Corner of the Universe for posting the link on Facebook…


The Fraser Institute’s ranking of secondary schools

I have posted the rankings for the elementary schools in the OCDSB in a past entry and the same caveats apply.


As a statistician, I do have some serious issues with rankings like these – much like the EQAO testing process itself – there is no context presented in order to interpret these numbers fully. Unknown are factors that can greatly influence a schools performance, like:

  • the percentage of students in ESL programs
  • proportion of special needs students
  • family income and household education
  • and others…

So, these rankings, while useful, must be looked at in the context of those other variables that may have a hand in determining the relative grades achieved in standardized tests. Please use them as one tool but not the only one if you feel so inclined to compare one school against another.


Hate to poke fun…

….and I’m not, really… but this cartoon does say it all about the state of the Grits right now.

The big question for Liberals over the next little while is “what next?”. How can they extricate themselves from this mess that is largely their doing? How can they broaden their base and regain the confidence of Canadians while dealing with life as the third-party and the financial implications that this new state of being brings.

Do they elect a new leader as soon as possible or appoint an interim leader while a permanent leader rises to the surface over the next couple of years?

No easy answers there… and I sure as hell don’t have the solution. But I will say this: they had better get back on their bike double-quick… else, it will be too late for the next election. An election that many of us would like to be an active part of – as Liberals – or as part of a broader movement with like-minded progressive people.