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Canadian Social Research Newsletter
August 30, 2010

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a listing of the new links added to the Canadian Social Research Links website in the past week.

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Canadian content
1. [Ontario] Foster children get tuition support (Toronto Star) - August 25
2. Government of Canada Releases Consultation Draft of Legislative Tax Proposals (Department of Finance Canada) - August 27 (3:19pm)
3. Release of The Fiscal Monitor (Department of Finance Canada) - August 27
4. THE CENSUS LONG FORM QUESTIONNAIRE : Committees, profs, top cops and popes
5. Is there an old-style Tory in the House? (Lawrence Martin in the Globe and Mail)
6. Legal Rights Guides - rental housing and social assistance (CLEO - Community Legal Education Ontario) - August 24
What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
--- Gambling, 2009 - August 27
--- Income replacement during the retirement years
- August 27
--- Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2010
- August 26

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - August 30

International content

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
10. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content
11. CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter)

Have a great week!

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1. [Ontario] Foster children get tuition support - August 25
(Toronto Star)

Foster children get tuition support
August 25, 2010
Less than half of [Ontario's foster children complete high school by age 21, and less than a quarter of those go on to post-secondary education. By contrast, 75 per cent of Ontario youth finish high school and 40 per cent get a post-secondary education. (...) Social policy expert John Stapleton ... says youth should be allowed to stay in foster homes until they are 21 if they choose to, and that the province should financially support those in care until age 25. “The real de facto age of adulthood in our society is much higher and people are leaving home much later. If child welfare agencies are in the position of being a parent to a child, they should be doing what any normal good parent would,” he said.
Parent Central
[ The Toronto Star ]

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

2. Government of Canada Releases Consultation Draft of Legislative Tax Proposals - August 27 (3:19pm)
(Department of Finance Canada)

NOTE: I don't generally copy Finance Canada news releases into my site and newsletter, but whenever the Harper government releases something late on a Friday, I hear even louder alarm bells than usual...

At 3:19pm on Friday afternoon ("Maybe no one will notice, eh?"), Finance Canada sent out an email announcing a consultation on "draft legislative proposals to implement tax measures from Budget 2010 along with several previously announced tax initiatives."
The consultation ends September 27.

August 27, 2010
Government of Canada Releases
Consultation Draft of Legislative Tax Proposals

Related Document:

Legislative Proposals relating to the Income Tax Act,
the Air Travellers Security Charge Act, the Excise Act, 2001, and the Excise Tax Act

The proposals released today include draft legislation to:
* Provide for the sharing of the Canada Child Tax Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit in cases of shared custody.
* Allow Registered Retirement Savings Plan proceeds to be transferred to a Registered Disability Savings Plan on a tax-deferred basis.
* Implement disbursement quota reform for registered charities.
* Better target the tax incentives in place for employee stock options.
* Expand the availability of accelerated capital cost allowance for clean energy generation.
* Adjust the capital cost allowance rate for television set-top boxes to better reflect the useful life of these assets.
* Clarify the definition of a principal-business corporation for the purposes of the rules relating to Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses.
* Introduce amendments consequential to the introduction in 2011 of new International Financial Reporting Standards by the Accounting Standards Board.
* Provide legislative authority for the Canada Revenue Agency to issue online notices where the taxpayer so requests.
* Implement a new reporting regime for aggressive tax planning, taking into account comments received during post-budget consultations.
* Replace the previous proposals relating to foreign investment entities with several limited enhancements to the current Income Tax Act and better target and simplify previous proposals relating to non-resident trusts, taking into account comments received during post-budget consultations.
* Counter schemes designed to shelter tax otherwise payable by artificially increasing foreign tax credits.
* Ensure that income trust conversions into corporations are subject to the same loss utilization rules that currently apply to similar transactions involving only corporations.
* Limit tax arbitrage opportunities by extending the application of the Specified Leasing Property rules to property that is the subject of a lease to a government or other tax-exempt entity, or to a non-resident.

The draft legislative proposals also include other previously announced measures identified in Budget 2010, as modified to take into account consultations and deliberations since their release, as well as an income tax amendment relating to the enactment of the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act:

* The Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative for small excise taxpayers, announced by the Minister of National Revenue on March 31, 2009.
* Measures relating to the income taxation of shareholders of foreign affiliates, previously released in draft form on December 18, 2009.
* Rules to facilitate the implementation of Employee Life and Health Trusts, released in draft form on February 26, 2010.
* The introduction of a personal income tax credit in respect of Employment Insurance premiums paid by self-employed individuals.

References to “Announcement Date” are to be read as references to today’s date. Explanatory notes to the legislative proposals will be posted on the Department of Finance website shortly.

Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the draft legislative proposals by September 27, 2010.

Department of Finance Canada

3. Release of The Fiscal Monitor - August 27
(Department of Finance Canada)

Release of The Fiscal Monitor
News Release
August 27, 2010
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, today released The Fiscal Monitor for June 2010.
* June 2010: budgetary deficit of $2.8 billion
* April to June 2010: budgetary deficit of $7.2 billion

Related document:

* The Fiscal Monitor, June 2010

[ earlier editions of The Fiscal Monitor - going back to 1996 ]

Department of Finance Canada

- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Agriculture to Finance) page:

4. THE CENSUS LONG FORM QUESTIONNAIRE : Committees, profs, top cops and popes

Nice way to Report Census Data – 100 person village
(Sub-title by Gilles : THIS is what we lose without the Census long form questionnaire.)
August 29, 2010


From the
Globe and Mail

Census burden 'colossally inflated,' MPs told
August 27, 2010
Gloria Galloway
Political posturing dominated a debate about the government’s decision to scrap the mandatory long-form census at parliamentary hearing Friday with Conservative MPs trying to make opposition members seem out of touch with the common man and their rivals in opposition trying to make the Tories appear out of touch with common sense. Conservative members of the standing committee on industry, science and technology did their best to trip up those experts called by opposition members to defend the mandatory long-form. And opposition members did the same to the people called by the Tories.

Science journal attacks Harper’s ban on long census
Provides essential information for planning the future, professors say in Nature journal.

August 25, 2010
Canada is facing international criticism in the prestigious science journal Nature over the Harper government’s decision to stop requiring that Canadians fill out a lengthy census questionnaire. Two U.S.-based statistics experts describe Canada’s move as part of a global attack on census taking that is jeopardizing a vital tool for taking the pulse of nations.
Globe and Mail

Police take on Harper over census
By Gloria Galloway
August 23, 2010
The plan to scrap the long-gun registry is not the only policy of the federal Conservative government that is causing consternation at Canadian police agencies. The Canadian Association of Police Boards (CAPB) approved eight resolutions when its members met in New Brunswick last week, including one that calls on the government to restore the mandatory long-form census.

From The Pope:

Census Offensus (The Offensive Census)
Papal Encyclical
August 25, 2010
I am aware of the ways in which the Census has been and continues to be misconstrued and emptied of meaning, with the consequent risk of being misinterpreted, detached from ethical living and, in any event, undervalued. In the social, juridical, cultural, political and economic fields — the contexts, in other words, that are most exposed to this danger — it is easily dismissed as irrelevant for interpreting and giving direction to moral responsibility.
Pope Benedict XVI


The most comprehensive
resource on the Census issue: is a blog that's maintained mostly by Tracey Lauriault.
It's inspired by, which believes all levels of Canadian governments should make civic information and data accessible at no cost in open formats to their citizens.

NOTE: Tracey is on "Census holiday" until September 2.
Check her latest Census-related blog posts below,
then scroll to the bottom of the Census Watch page (also Tracey's work)
for links to many other key online resources.

* Wednesday Census Media Roundup - August 25 (9 links)
* Shrinking Census Data Reports - A
ugust 25
* Tuesday Census Media Roundup - August 24 (19 links)
* Weekend Census Media Roundup -
August 24 (28 links)
* Guest Authors: A Critical Analysis of Privacy and Coercion
Related to the Debate About the Long Form Census in 2011

August 23, 2010
Guest authors:
W.T. Stanbury, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia
Ernie Boyko, Adjunct Data Librarian, Carleton University Library Data Centre
- systematic refutation of each of the Tor speaking points on the issue
* Census Action Kits - August 22

- Go to the Census 2011 questionnaire links links page:

5. Is there an old-style Tory in the House? - August 26
(Globe and Mail)

Is there an old-style Tory in the House?
Murray and Mulroney: Is there an old-style Tory in the House?
The Canada we know was a blend of the centre and the centre-left. Now it’s a hybrid of the centre and the hard right
By Lawrence Martin
August 26, 2010
But the [Tory] party’s hard right now appears, with a few policy exceptions, to have assumed control of the agenda. And that agenda is about keeping out boat people, letting in Fox News, building new jails, reviewing affirmative action, killing the gun registry, playing down climate change, revamping the census and giving more voice to social conservatives.
Globe and Mail

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (D-W) page:

6. CLEO Legal Rights Guides (rental housing and social assistance) - August 24
(CLEO - Community Legal Education Ontario)

CLEO - Community Legal Education Ontario
CLEONet is a web site of legal information for community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities.
CLEONet has resources, news, events, and webinars produced by community organizations and legal clinics across Ontario.
CLEONet is a project of CLEO and is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario.
CLEONet benefits from the funding that CLEO receives from Legal Aid Ontario and the Department of Justice Canada.
Site français :
Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario

CLEO Legal Rights Guides ( rental housing and social assistance) - August 2010
CLEO is producing these guides to provide people with another way to easily access essential legal information.
The first two guides are on rental housing and social assistance. Your feedback is important as we expand to other areas of law.
* Rental Housing - Repairs, rent increases, eviction and more
* Social Assistance - Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program: applying, appealing and more

How Welfare Works in Ontario
- for clients of the system:

Social Assistance
In Ontario, if you have a low income or no income, you may qualify for help from one of these social assistance programs:
1. Ontario Works (OW), which some people call welfare. This program is delivered by municipal governments. In other words, it is run by the local government of the town, city, county, district, or region you live in.

2. The Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), which some people call disability benefits. This program is for people with serious health problems. It is run by the Ontario government's Ministry of Community and Social Services."

Click the above link to read the rest of the OW and ODSP general descriptions, then select the program that interests you in the dark green horizontal band at the top of the page. Clicking Ontario Works, for example, opens a new subset with the following links:
* Qualifying for OW * Participation Agreements * Living with a spouse * Support payments and OW * If you are under 18 * Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit * OW and working * Proving you still qualify * Refused, reduced, or cut off * Health benefits when you go off OW

CLEONet Launches Online Legal Rights Guides
News release
Posted August 24, 2010

Browse resources by legal topic
* Abuse and Family Violence * Aboriginal Law * Consumer Law * Criminal Law * Education Law * Employment and Work * Family Law * Health and Disability * Housing Law * Human Rights and the Charter * Immigration and Refugee Law * Legal System * Social Assistance and Pensions * Wills and Estates
[ Ressources en français par sujet ]
[ Resources in 40+ languages - including Swahili. ]

CLEO Links
150+ links organized under the following headings:
* Community Legal Clinics in Ontario * Public Legal Education * International Public Legal Education * Community Information Centres * Literacy * Social Justice * Government * Boards and Tribunals * Laws * Domestic Violence * Legal Services * Other

News & Events
- Latest news and events about legal issues and law reform

Selected recent news
(from the News & Events link):

Don't slash food assistance
Posted August 23, 2010
- A Toronto Star editorial says the Special Diet replacement program is unlikely to meet the needs of recipients with medical conditions unless the government consults with them before implementing it.

Groups want input on Ontario's new nutrition supplement
Posted August 23, 2010
- Health and social advocates say they are still waiting for promised Ontario government consultation on the design of a program to replace the special diet allowance, according to a article.

Hydro price comparison requirement gets zapped
Posted August 19, 2010 - A Toronto Star article reports that a proposal to require electricity retailers to give consumers a side-by-side price comparison, showing what they would pay with or without an energy contract, has been quietly ditched by the Ontario government.

A quick way to ease poverty
Posted August 18, 2010 - A Toronto Star editorial says urging people to get jobs and then stripping them of the financial benefits that come with work makes little sense, but that is just what Ontario's welfare system does.

Women's Court of Canada offers alternative thoughts on equality judgments
Posted August 17, 2010 - According to its web site, the Women's Court of Canada is an innovative project bringing together academics, activists, and litigators in order literally to rewrite the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms equality jurisprudence.

- Go to the Ontario Municipal and Non-Governmental Sites (A-C) page:
- Go to the Guide to Welfare in Ontario page:

7. What's New in The Daily [Statistics Canada]:
Gambling, 2009 - August 27
--- Income replacement during the retirement years
- August 27
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2010 - August 26

Selected content from
The Daily [Statistics Canada]:

The two first links below are to articles on
gambling and income replacement in the
August 2010 issue of Perspectives on Labour and Income

August 27, 2010
Gambling, 2010
* Net revenue from government-run lotteries, video lottery terminals (VLTs), casinos and slot machines not in casinos rose steadily from $2.73 billion in 1992, before levelling off and remaining at around $13.7 billion since 2007 ($13.75 billion in 2009).1
* Net revenue from pari-mutuel betting (horse racing) dropped from $532 million to $355 million over the same period (1992 to 2009).
- includes the following tables and charts
Table 1 Gambling revenues and profits
Table 2 Characteristics of workers
Table 3 Characteristics of jobs
Table 4 Household expenditures on gambling activities
Table 5 Household expenditures on all gambling activities by income group, 2008
Chart A Net revenue from government-run gambling has levelled off recently
Chart B Gambling gross domestic product (GDP) turned down before the rest of the economy
Full article:

PDF (115K, 5 pages)

Related subjects:

* Economic accounts
* Income and expenditure accounts
* Families, households and housing
* Household characteristics
* Income, pensions, spending and wealth
* Household spending and savings


August 27, 2010
Income replacement during the retirement years
* Highlights
* Full article:
(136K, 8 pages)
This article examines the extent to which family income of individuals in their mid-fifties is 'replaced' by other sources of income during the retirement years. It does so by tracking various cohorts of tax filers as they age from their mid-fifties to their late seventies. Earlier work examined this question for the 50% of the population with strong labour market attachment during their mid-fifties. This paper extends that work to include 80% to 85% of the population.

Perspectives on Labour and Income
[Click "View" for the current issue or
"Chronological index" for earlier issues of this publication.]


August 26, 2010
Payroll employment, earnings and hours, June 2010
Between June 2009 and June 2010, the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose by 4.0% to $853.50. This was the fastest year-over-year increase since February 2008.
- includes two tables:
* Average weekly earnings (including overtime) for all employees
* Number of employees

Related report:

Employment, Earnings and Hours
This publication presents a timely picture of employment, earnings and hours.
The tabulations focus on monthly labour market information and some historical data series.
NOTE: the report itself is posted about a month later than the release in The Daily.
Click "View" to see the latest issue of this report online; click "Chronological index" for earlier issues.

Related subjects:

* Labour
* Employment and unemployment
* Hours of work and work arrangements
* Industries
* Wages, salaries and other earnings


The Daily Archives
- select a month and click on a date for that day's Daily

The Daily
[Statistics Canada]


- Go to the Federal Government Department Links (Fisheries and Oceans to Veterans Affairs) page:

- Go to the Employment Insurance Links page:

8. What's new from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit - August 30

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

August 30, 2010

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Children in Europe -- Playing outside: Why does it matter?
25 Aug 10
- Latest issue of Children in Europe examines the use of outdoor space across the EU and the benefits that unstructured play and the natural environment offer to young children.

Online guide to ECEC credentialing
25 Aug 10
- Website developed by the Child Care Human Resources Sector Council allows users to search, compare and browse requirements to work in ECEC across Canada.

Provision of child care services in Reggio Emilia, Italy
25 Aug 10
- Speech by Sonia Masini, President of the Province of Reggio Emilia, to a meeting on implementing the Barcelona child care targets across Europe.

First round Early Years Centres
25 Aug 10
- Government of Prince Edward Island announces the first 36 centres that will implement the Preschool Excellence Initiative.


child care in the news

· Riverdale kindergarten wins reprieve
[CA-AB] 25 Aug 10

· UK childcare takes bigger bite of parents' wages [UK]
[UK] 25 Aug 10

· Childcare fees may rise up to $35 a day
[AU] 25 Aug 10

· Assurances of fair funding are a facade
[CA-BC] 24 Aug 10

· Family holiday? Don't forget to pack grandma!
[UK] 23 Aug 10

· Childcare workers to teach grades 1,2
[CA-PE] 12 Aug 10



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Sign up to receive email notices of updates and new postings on the CRRU website which will inform you of policy developments in early childhood care and education, new research and resources for policy, newly released CRRU publications, and upcoming events of interest to the child care and broader community.

Links to child care
sites in Canada and elsewhere

CRRU Publications - briefing notes, factsheets, occasional papers and other publications
ISSUE files - theme pages, each filled with contextual information and links to further info

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) is a policy and research oriented facility that focuses on early childhood education and child care (ECEC) and family policy in Canada and internationally.

- Go to the Non-Governmental Early Learning and Child Care Links page:

9. Poverty Dispatch: U.S. media coverage of social issues and programs
(Institute for Research on Poverty - University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Poverty Dispatch (U.S.)
- the content of this link changes several times a week
- scan of U.S. web-based news items dealing with topics such as poverty, welfare reform, child welfare, education, health, hunger, Medicare and Medicaid, etc.

Latest issues of Poverty Dispatch:

August 27:
Hurricane Katrina Recovery at 5-Year Anniversary
Overhauling Low-Performing Schools
Food Stamp Program Enrollment - Wisconsin
Joblessness in the US
Flooding in Pakistan

August 26:
Depression among Mothers of Infants in Poverty
State Budget and Programs for the Poor - Texas
Supplemental Security Income and Refugees
State Children’s Health Insurance Program - Kentucky

August 25:
Race to the Top
Medicaid Reform - Florida
Medicaid Application Process and Enrollment - South Carolina
Medicaid and Family Planning - Wisconsin
Food Stamp Program Enrollment - Montana
Costs of Chronic Homelessness

August 24:
Race to the Top Grant Competition
Children’s Mental Health Post-Hurricane Katrina
General Assistance Medical Care - Minnesota
Recession and Rural Hospitals - Georgia
Recession and Health Insurance Coverage

August 23:
State Cuts to Family Services - Texas
The Homeless and Access to Health Care
Child Care Subsidies - Georgia
Poverty Measurement in Arab Nations


Past Poverty Dispatches
- links to dispatches back to June 2006

Search Poverty Dispatches


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- Go to the Links to American Non-Governmental Social Research (M-Z) page:

- Go to the Poverty Measures - International Resources page:

10. Australian Policy Online - selected recent content (August 29)

Australian Policy Online (APO)
APO is a news service and library specialising in Australian public policy reports and articles from academic research centres, think tanks, government and non-government organisations. The site features opinion and commentary pieces, video, audio and web resources focussed on the policy issues facing Australia.
[ About APO ]
NOTE : includes links to the latest APO research; the five most popular downloads of the week (see below)
appear in a dark box in the top right-hand corner of each page.


Week ending August 29, 2010
Most viewed this week on APO:

1. A social inclusion action plan: opportunities and challenges
2. A scan of disadvantage in Queensland 2010
3. Australian sustainable energy: Zero carbon Australia stationary energy plan
4. Community activity and service delivery models: an overview of Brotherhood centres
5. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum

[You'll find these links on the APO home page.]


New Research : Social Policy | Poverty
- topics include:
* Community * Cultural diversity * Families & households * Gender & sexuality * Immigration & refugees * Population * Poverty * Religion & faith * Social Inclusion * Social problems * Welfare * Youth

Week ending August 29, 2010
Most viewed this week in the Social Policy area:

1. A social inclusion action plan: opportunities and challenges
2. A scan of disadvantage in Queensland 2010
3. Leaving Care and Homelessness: A CHP Sector Forum
4. Community activity and service delivery models: an overview of Brotherhood centres
5. Technology developments in the digital economy

[You'll find these links on the APO Social Policy page.]

- Go to the Social Research Links in Other Countries (Non-Government) page:

(Child Rights Information Network - CRIN)

From the
Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Latest issue of CRINMAIL (children's rights newsletter):

25 August 2010, CRINMAIL issue 1189
In this issue:
- Europe's asylum policies must give children a chance
- Global Employment Trends for Youth
- Swaziland - next victim of ritual killings
- Commentary on the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- International youth report on corporal punishment
- West Africa: Youth forum on violence against children
- Bangladesh bars enforced Islamic dress code
- El Salvador: UN children's expert makes first visit
- Malta: Children's Commissioner investigates detentions
- Egypt: Children's participation (event and call for papers)
- Also includes:
* World news * Reports * Events * Laws * Issues
* Advocacy * Challenging breaches * Take action * Campaigns * Toolkits


Links to Issues of CRINMAIL
- links to hundreds of weekly issues, many of which are special editions focusing on special themes, such as the 45th Session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the EURONET Website.
NOTE: see for the table of contents for, and links to, several months' worth of issues of CRINMAIL.

CRINMAIL(incl. subscription info)
[ Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) ]

- Go to the Children's Rights Links page:


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The Dalai Lama’s
18 rules for living.


At the start of the new millennium the Dalai Lama apparently issued the following rules for living.

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs:
         1. Respect for self
         2. Respect for others
         3. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
11. Live a good, honourable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
14. Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
15. Be gentle with the earth.
16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.


Note : Last week's joke credit  should have mentioned Terrie,
who is a perpetual source of insights and amusements!
Belated thanks, Terrie.


And, in closing...


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All That Is Interesting


The Revolving Internet


Special thanks to Zoom and GC  for
mentioning this very addictive game in their Facebook postings.
The game is called Bejeweled (as its URL indicates), and the brevity of this week's newsletter is due, in part, to the time commitment that it takes to call yourself an Internet Bejeweled addict.

Z &GC, I fart in your general direction.