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(Fortune Magazine) -- We Americans pride ourselves on being a hard-working bunch, so here's a thought to spoil your Labor Day rest: By global standards, we're lazy. We've been getting lazier. And the days of the American dolce vita may be numbered.
The surprising report of our relative sloth arrives in new research from the UN's International Labor Organization, which looks at working hours around the world. When it comes to what we might call hard work, meaning the proportion of workers who put in more than 48 hours a week, America is near the bottom of the heap. About 18% of our employed people work that much.
10-05-2007, 08:34 PM
i used to work closer to 100 hrs a week, and i dont mind not working that much now, who cares if i work 20hrs a week and enjoy life.
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: verotik667</div><div class="ubbcode-body">i used to work closer to 100 hrs a week, and i dont mind not working that much now, who cares if i work 20hrs a week and enjoy life. </div></div>
Translation: "Welfare rocks!!"
Industrial production growth rate:
Maybe some day Canada can become as "lazy" as us. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
Maybe some day Canada can become as "lazy" as us.
Translation: "I want to be Canadian"
Maybe some day you will explain your obession with Canada.
I think that it is that you got beat up by Canadians alot when you were just a dorky teen, and you feel the need to redeem your pathetic life.
Currently roughly 13% of the US population fall below the federal poverty threshold. There is however some controversy regarding the federal poverty line, arguing that it either understates or overstates the problem of poverty. The poverty rate in the United States is one of the highest among the post-industrialized developed world.
Standard of living is perhaps the hardest measurement to make since a wide array of factors have to be taken into account. The United Nations Human Development Index has traditionally listed Canada (in sixth place) higher than the United States (ranked eighth). Other independent groups, such as the Economist, rank some Canadian cities as better places to live than some American ones. In their 2005 ranking, four of the top 10 livable cities were Canadian (Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Montreal) with Vancouver taking the number one spot, while the highest ranked American cities were Cleveland and Pittsburgh, tied at 26th place.
Canada ranks higher than the U.S. in statistics such as life expectancy (80.22 years in Canada versus 77.85 in the U.S.) and infant mortality (4.75 Canadian deaths per 1000 versus 6.50 in the States). Both countries rank highly with 97% literacy rates. The United States has more major consumer goods per capita than Canada. For instance, while Canada had only 297 computers per 1000 people in 1996, the United States had 403.
Average income is higher in the United States, though the gap is much less when measuring median income. In the United States, African-Americans and Hispanics have a lower standard of living than the rest of the population; in Canada, Aboriginal peoples and Black Canadians are disproportionately likely to live in poverty, although these disadvantaged groups represent 25% of the US population and only 6% of Canada's. In both countries, recent immigrants tend to have lower earnings than more established residents. Canada's French-Canadians also used to be a poorer group, but since the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s this has been partially remedied.
The United States measures poverty, while Canada does not. Although Statistics Canada measures something called the Low-Income Cutoffs, the statistical agency repeatedly states that this is not a poverty measure (it is an income dispersion measure like the Gini coefficient). In the United States the poverty line is set at triple the "minimum adequate food budget." When a common measure is used, such as that of the Luxembourg Income Study, the United States has relatively higher rates. The LIS reports that Canada has a poverty rate of 15.4% and the United States 18.7%.  In both countries lower incomes are found in those most affected by poverty include single-parent families and single elderly people.
Many statistics comparing the standard of living of Canada versus that of the United States do not take into account illegal immigration in the United States. It may be said the cost of absorbing lower skilled, poorer workers in the US skews comparison studies downward for the United States (see also Economic impact of illegal immigrants in the United States). However, immigration has also had a negative impact on per capita income in Canada. In recent years, what otherwise would have been a reduction in the low-income cutoff, was more than offset by the impact of immigration. According to a 2003 study by Statistics Canada "The rise in the low-income rates in the three major Canadian cities, and in Ontario and B.C. during the 1990s in particular, was largely concentrated among the immigrant population. Basically, low-income rates have been falling over the past two decades among the Canadian born, and rising among immigrants." A more recent January 2007 study by Statistics Canada explains that the low-income rates of new immigrants has deteriorated by yet another significant amount from 2000 to 2004 (see also Economic impact of immigration to Canada).
If Canada is so bad, why are our cities ranked higher in WORLD WIDE STUDIES, than the United States?
Wikipedia as the source.
Poverty by State
The Poor Poor People (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0104529.html)
Below poverty line:
Yet again where are your facts Speedy?
The USA has a lower set poverty line compared to Canada.
So PER CAPITA, the states will have a lower percentage.
Post the numbers and find out, smart a$$.
CIA World Fact Book has the most up to date numbers for both countries.
10-06-2007, 04:24 PM
CIA is American is it not?
10-06-2007, 04:36 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Huggy85</div><div class="ubbcode-body">CIA is American is it not? </div></div>
So much for credibility
The info at CIA World Fact Book is given to the organization by the countries themselves. It is considered the best source for such info, and is one of the most popular sites on the entire Internet, used the world over by private individuals and even governments.
That is as credible as a 9th grade essay.
Translation: "It's over my head, eh"
T Pot is quite the angry lil' man.
I've totally infiltrated his every thought. He's never seen the likes of me before, and he doesn't quite know how to react.
Naw, I saw a show once about people like you.
They usually end up in jail.
Infiltrated my every thought?
You post garbage that has no proof, and your always called on it.
When called on it, you resort to personal attacks /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
Angry little man? Hardly /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
BTW it is LITTLE not lil'.
Americanism 101 at it's best.
T Pot, do you know what the apostrophe in "lil'" is for?
Yes, that doesn't make it a word /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
Just because american's use it all the time, does not make it right.
Or wait, excuse me. EBONICS?
I axed da hoe? Just like that?
10-06-2007, 05:15 PM
L'il "ain't" a word in Canada Speedy....we stick to the English Language. (I used ain't here as it is another famous American bass turdization of the English Language.)
Canadian ignorance of the language is astonishing, absolutely astonishing.
Your educational system is putrid.
Ebonics and Canada is like comparing dirt and gold.
Not necessarily in that order...
No, pretty much that order.
What other BBS's are you involved with? I'd like to join them.
Finding it hard to leave, eh??
Yes you are. YOur the one stated that you had to go BUH-BYE i think it was?
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: T-pot</div><div class="ubbcode-body">What other BBS's are you involved with? I'd like to join them.
You wouldn't survive one day on an American BBS. You'd have to face reality, and wouldn't have fellow citizens encourage your canny ability to deny reality and fashion an alter-reality, all in an attempt to shake off the pain of your mind-numbingly mediocrity of an existence.
Do you actually think throwing in a few big words makes you sound more intelligent?
Show proof of your education, that will prove it.
I could talk like you an' soun' like I'm not very edumacated. Would 'dat help?
Yes, because that is exactly how I sound.
Your arrogance is amazing.
So are my pecs.
That Bowflex has done wonders!
Bowflex is a Canadian made exercise machine. MADE IN CANADA muscles you have.
That's why Bowflex can't ship to Canada, eh? /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
http://www.bowflex.ca/global/brandhome3....D=1191704255201 (http://www.bowflex.ca/global/brandhome3.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302035 714&bmUID=1191704255201)
Not from Amazon.
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Why would you buy it from America and get it shipped to canada.
Buy it from Canada, get it shipped to Canada.
DOH, is getting better. That is alot better then saying HUH
So you agree it's not Canadian made.
An Ethiopian Engineer developed it in 84. Started to Manufacture it, "In Canadian plants".
Nautilus now owns them.
Aug. 25--VANCOUVER, Wash. -- In 1984, an Ethiopian engineering student created a revolutionary model for a home gym, using unvarnished rods instead of weights to create resistance.
For years, investors refused to back the Bowflex, saying it looked like an octopus or a spider -- not like an exercise machine.
Go to manufacturing
An American company that put up shops in Canada for distributive purposes.
Thanks, but I really didn't need to be reminded we're slowly taking you over.
With your strong dollar? Oooo, You going to borrow more money to buy Canada?
90 year mortage?
10-08-2007, 02:12 PM
Actually China is taking us over as they are snapping up what the US doesn't already own and thanks to the moron in the White House they have basically boughten the States just by the amount of money they are owed. At anytime if China calls in the States dept the States would be bankrupt and be forced to join the ranks of 3rd world countries and thats if they'd let them.
Well i'm sure Speedy can pull some articles and cut and paste something to disprove that, such as, CANADA LOSES CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP, or CANADIANS DRINK BEER.
China is a paper tiger.
And, Canadians drink beer. Way too much of it.
1 billion souls makes for a very big paper tiger.
Hans, you don't know what "paper tiger" means, do you?
A tiger made out of paper. They actually use paper dragons you know.
Thanks, I figured you didn't know.
Sure he does, he just looked it up, he's going to cut and paste it and pretend he knew /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
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