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May 21, 2007

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Lesbians are twice as likely to be obese as straight women, a new study finds. (Link thanks to Miss Carniverous.)

* Those provoked by Donald's recent posting about sermons and poverty might enjoy a look at this Robert Rector analysis of the latest poverty figures.

* Bookgasm's Rodd Lott visits a used-books-and-remainders store in Austin, TX.

* Emmalina has a couple of questions for you.

Best,

Michael


posted by Michael at May 21, 2007




Comments

Didn't Ilkka Kokarinen get in trouble with his employer, Ryerson University here in Toronto, for saying lesbians were fat?

Posted by: Thursday on May 21, 2007 5:51 PM



In my experience, the lesbians I have known, and there are a fair number of them in the Toronto education system, have tended to be quite fit. Sports and all, I think. But perhaps I just notice those my own age. Perhaps also there is a difference between those in the Phys. Ed. departments and those in the English departments, the two biggest concentrations, with me happening to run into more people from the former.

Posted by: Thursday on May 21, 2007 5:58 PM



I realise that I shouldn't criticize my betters at the Heritage Foundation but this is tosh:

"Last month, the Census Bureau released annual poverty figures showing that the percentage of Americans who are poor rose from 12.1 percent in 2002 to 12.5 percent in 2003."

No, the Census released figures that show that 12.5% are below the Federal Poverty Line. This is not the same as being poor.

"Still, the Census Bureau reports that 35.9 million persons "lived in poverty" in 2003, a number that should cause concern to all."

That is why. There are various things (EITC, Medicaid, housing vouchers, food stamps etc) that those defined as being below the poverty line receive. Unfortunately, none of them are included in the American statistics on poverty.

The Federal Poverty line measure those who are in poverty BEFORE the help that they get from Federal and State sources.

This is in contrast to the poverty stats from every other rich country which are calculated post tax and post benefit.

The correct statetment to make about the Census figures is that 12,5% were in poverty before we started to help them.

What we really rather want to know is how many are still in poverty after we have helped them....but unfortunately, those statistics are not collected on a regular basis.

No wonder we can't win the war on poverty when we don't even measure the effects of what we're doing.

Posted by: Tim Worstall on May 22, 2007 5:20 AM



Ah. Now I see why women who are not lesbians are called "straight".

Posted by: Charlton Griffin on May 22, 2007 9:03 AM



That is why. There are various things (EITC, Medicaid, housing vouchers, food stamps etc) that those defined as being below the poverty line receive. Unfortunately, none of them are included in the American statistics on poverty.

The Federal Poverty line measure those who are in poverty BEFORE the help that they get from Federal and State sources.

I had no idea. I consider myself to be someone who is fairly informed on these kinds of issues.

Although, I shouldn't be surprised. It reminds me of how we (i.e. federal, State and Local govt's) report spending on Public Education.

Posted by: Ian Lewis on May 22, 2007 10:12 AM



“The results of these studies indicate that lesbian women have a better body image than do heterosexual women,” they wrote.

This seems like a pretty odd way to say they tend to respond with something approaching economic rationality to different sets of incentives.

Posted by: J. Goard on May 23, 2007 1:04 AM



Men are visual creatures and straight women who hope to find a male mate know that appearance counts for a lot. Gay women are probably less into appearances than men and so supply meets the demand at a different point.

Posted by: JM on May 23, 2007 9:00 PM






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