“Totally unacceptable…”. Who writes this stuff?

With school boards across the continent struggling with planning for the most tumultuous school reorganization in anyone’s memory, it seems a bit far-fetched to protest possible reductions to French immersion


L’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario denounced talks about French programs in a tweet Wednesday night, calling it “totally unacceptable.”

“In a bilingual country, to propose the elimination of the teaching of one of the official languages is unthinkable,” the organization representing Franco-Ontarians wrote. “We also ask the Toronto District School Board to stop using official languages as a means of pressure to reach its goals. It’s damaging for the country.”

NFL and NBA Unions Selling Young Players Down the River | The Economist

The August 16, 2014 issue of The Economist editorializes about the America’s “exploitative” college sports system.  It labels the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) as a monopsonic cartel – “using market power to obtain cheaper inputs – to squeeze its vulnerable employees.”

The Economist identifies several problems that would result from trying to fix the situation by retro-fitting a commercial payment scheme into college athletics.  “A better approach would be to go after the cartel’s silent partners: the NBA and the NFL.. The power to implement this solution lies with the professional players’ unions, who collectively bargain league-entry rules. So far, they have been all too willing to sell future members down the river in exchange for concessions that benefit current ones. That can change. Activists could aim their public-relations campaign at the unions as well as the NCAA, and amateur players could try to sue them for undermining their interests. Professional players are already rich. It is high time for their representatives to demand that younger athletes win the same right to be paid for their labour as every other worker.”

via American college sports: Justice for jocks | The Economist.

Wealth Gap? It’s due to politics.

In a largely uninspiring article on Old vs. Young, The New York Times Sunday Review (June 22, 2012) describes the significant disparity in the wealth of the boomer generation and our kids”

“The wealth gap between households headed by someone over 65 and those headed by someone under 35 is wider than at any point since the Federal Reserve Board began keeping consistent data in 1989. The gap in homeownership is the largest since Census Bureau data began in 1982. The income gap is also at a recorded high; median inflation-adjusted income for households headed by people between 25 and 34 has dropped 11 percent in the last decade while remaining essentially unchanged for the 55-to-64 age group.”

The reason? Less political power:

“Younger adults are faring worse in the private sector and, in large part because they have less political power, have a less generous safety net beneath them. Older Americans vote at higher rates and are better organized. There is no American Association of Non-Retired Persons. “Pell grants,” notes the political scientist Kay Lehman Schlozman, “have never been called the third rail of American politics.””

Politics?  Really?