There is no doubt about it, but it's impossible to make an accurate count. If you want to be technical, every time a joint is lit up a crime is being committed.
Indeed. There's a good reason why Asian gangsters prefer Canada over the United States. Get caught with a grow up financed with Hong Kong money? Worse case scenario, you'll be deported with a slap on the wirst and/or sent to a low security prison; which in Canada, amounts to a comfortable dormitory living with video games and free ESL lessons.
Nevermind, the Yanks think we are bringing in Terrorists and giving them Financing and they're correct. We really need Ignatieff to continue being a hot head so Stephen Harper can get a majority in the next election.
No it doesn't. It would be sad if true, but it's not. They are apples and oranges. If a wealthy family makes more money this year than last, I'd hardly say that's a good anecdote for proof of a robust growing economy.
No, that's why you reference a number of cases in detail, rather then just one.
How many cases do you need to reference to give "real details"?
Sounds to me like you're moving away from anecdote, and towards statistics.
So your assumption about most people and their honesty only applies so long as it's not people gathering statistics, which is actually a collection of anecdotes. Interesting hypocrisy that is...
Not exactly, because so long as you can back up your general view with detailed examples or quotes from those you talked to, etc. you still get a far better view of what's going on and you get a better idea of the views of those questioned, then you do from a statistical number. Gather a few more people doing the exact same thing in other areas of the country or in your community (for smaller/local findings) determine they're just as accurate and honest as you are, review their gathered information and let them review your's, and that bigger picture begins to come together.
They'll give you margin of errors of something like 3% or 1.2%....... they'll even go so far as to tell you margins of error for each province which varries between 9-12%...... but they never really tell you if they polled just the capitals of each province, or did they poll a particular political riding..... or did they poll people across the province randomly.
If they spread it out across the province, then that means that small handful of people they polled that was divided between all the provinces across the country, is now even smaller when it comes to covering the overall province in question..... thus to me, that margin of error should be a lot higher then just 3%.
The real hypocricy here is how do you or those making up the statistics know those they're polling aren't lying in an equal fashion?
Now write down and document what I have said, and note that I stated it's not good enough for me, and then go and ask a few more people to explain their views in a similar fashion and formulate your own conclusion on whether or not more people think like I do, or think like you do.... or think differently.
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Did things like this happen 20 or 30 years ago? If it did it would be a top story, but it seems so much of this stuff goes on now that it hardly gets a second glance. Is crime up? Is society getting worse? Well, this couple CASUALLY ate pizza after killing an innocent 3 year old boy. YES! Society is getting worse.
What type of crime is up? Kids kicking over garbage cans and tagging railcars?
Pranks can be a crime, but what often matters is cost. You just have to clean up the garbage here and it costs nothing but time. Tagging does cost money as the graffiti has to be removed. Bad, but its not theft.
I have to lock my bike everywhere now, I didn't used to 35 years ago. Non-violent crime is up.
Do women feel safe at night? No I'd say. Violent crime is up.
In Vancouver there are dozens, possibly hundreds of people who have been charged with numerous petty crimes such as shoplifting and do no jail time. Just charge and release. And those are just the times they are caught, they steal many many more times and don't get away with it.
The govt paid for stats are exactly what we don't believe. You do not and will not hear Iggy or the other guy trumpeting how safe Canada's streets are for women. They need to do some splaining why there are so many security guards around. Check a phone book and see how many more security firms there are around compared to ten years ago.
I am not a fan of mandatory minimums, but offering the possibility of parole to some who is sentenced to life after six years is utterly ridiculous. Murder, child molestation, rape are all crimes that deserve the fullest penalty of the law, yet we have people being released after serving less then ten years.