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Sat Dec 9, 2017, 11:35 PM

This country ranks No. 1 for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (its not America)

This country ranks No. 1 for ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ (it’s not America)

Norway ranked the No. 1 place for happiness and personal freedom, according to an analysis of three separate studies on life expectancy by the World Bank, on civil liberties from Freedom House, a New York-based nonprofit that conducts research on advocacy and democracy, on happiness from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a group linked to the United Nations, and on rule of law from the World Justice Project, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit.

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The U.S. has seen its happiness slide happiness over the last decade. In 2007, it ranked No. 3 among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. Last year, it was 19th, down from 13th the year before. “The predominant political discourse in the United States is aimed at raising economic growth, with the goal of restoring the American Dream and the happiness that is supposed to accompany it. But the data show conclusively that this is the wrong approach,” the report concluded.

For those interviewed in the report, perception is reality. At least, as far as their happiness is concerned and, experts say, the divisive political climate likely hasn’t helped. “The United States can and should raise happiness by addressing America’s multi-faceted social crisis — rising inequality, corruption, isolation, and distrust — rather than focusing exclusively or even mainly on economic growth, especially since the concrete proposals along these lines would exacerbate rather than ameliorate the deepening social crisis,” the report said.

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The U.S showed less social support, less sense of personal freedom, lower donations, and more perceived corruption of government and business, it said. “America’s crisis is, in short, a social crisis, not an economic crisis… Almost all of the policy discourse in Washington, D.C. centers on naïve attempts to raise the economic growth rate, as if a higher growth rate would somehow heal the deepening divisions and angst in American society. This kind of growth-only agenda is doubly wrong-headed.”

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Reply This country ranks No. 1 for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (its not America) (Original post)
Rollo Dec 2017 OP
Lithos Dec 2017 #1
Rollo Dec 2017 #2
Lithos Dec 2017 #13
BigmanPigman Dec 2017 #17
Name removed Dec 2017 #3
Angry Dragon Dec 2017 #4
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2017 #5
Angry Dragon Dec 2017 #7
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2017 #8
Angry Dragon Dec 2017 #10
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2017 #11
Rollo Dec 2017 #23
PatrickforO Dec 2017 #21
OliverQ Dec 2017 #6
Rollo Dec 2017 #24
MadDAsHell Dec 2017 #9
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sandensea Dec 2017 #19
The Wielding Truth Dec 2017 #27
Matthew28 Dec 2017 #12
colsohlibgal Dec 2017 #14
brush Dec 2017 #15
Permanut Dec 2017 #16
YOHABLO Dec 2017 #26
Initech Dec 2017 #18
SergeStorms Dec 2017 #20
SeaDoo77 Dec 2017 #22
Rollo Dec 2017 #25
OnDoutside Dec 2017 #29
democratisphere Dec 2017 #28

Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sat Dec 9, 2017, 11:42 PM

1. Was close

Thought it was Denmark from the title...

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Response to Lithos (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 9, 2017, 11:50 PM

2. America is currently in 17th place...

He's making America groan again...

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Response to Rollo (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:13 AM

13. Yes, he is

To be clear, my comment was that I thought Denmark was #1 from the title, but it was Norway. Hence, was close.

The US has a long, long way to go.

L-

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Response to Lithos (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 01:41 AM

17. After reading the OP I thought...

Norway, Denmark or Sweden. They have been running healthy and happy populations for over 50 years.

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Response to Name removed (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 9, 2017, 11:53 PM

4. just so I understand, are you saying that America was not great on Jan. 19, 2017??

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 9, 2017, 11:59 PM

5. I made him go away FAST.



MIRT, at your service!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:02 AM

7. I was looking forward to play.....like a cat with a mouse

I am sad

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:03 AM

8. he was ready to post up a storm - did a similar one while I was "busy" with him

don't be sad - there are always trolls showing up!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:06 AM

10. but I never see them until they are gone..........not fair😢

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:08 AM

11. sounds like a future MIRT member!

you should give it a try.

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:25 AM

23. Me too, and I started the damn thread... ;-)

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:17 AM

21. I can remember the heaviness of January 19.

It was a cold, scary feeling knowing Obama, whom I'd come to love, would be leaving the White House and the disgusting bigot-misogynist Trump moving in.

You could feel the hate in the air. It was almost palpable, a lurking, greasy presence that left us all feeling dirty.

That day, and certainly these subsequent months, reminded me of Stephen King's Gunslinger.

It feels as if the world we knew has moved on, and Trump's MAGA crowd a group of 'breakers' who are systematically destroying the beams that hold our world together.

Who knew someone could be so prescient?

There is one cheerful thought here, though. I went to a regular Noetic Sciences group I attend, and we were talking about the utter criminality of these Republicans. One member of the group said the next president could well be a woman. Consider, she said, if we can win the House back in 2018, and Trump/Pence both go down for treason, money laundering, obstruction of justice, rape or any of the dozens of other charges I'm sure they could be brought up on.

Well, if both the president and VP go down to impeachment and are removed, then the next 'up' is the Speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi!

Isn't that a fun thought? She'd be such a breath of fresh air after Trump. Well, hell, a fart is a breath of fresh air next to Trump, but you know what I mean. Pelosi would be fine. Maybe we could begin regaining our sense of respect and pride, and healing the massive mess Trump and his minions have already made of things.

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

6. Is Norway accepting applicants?

 

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Response to OliverQ (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:28 AM

24. Canada ranks 7th, not too shabby. Especially since they have us for neighbors...

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:05 AM

9. How the hell did we go from 3rd in 2007 to 19th just 8-9 years later? nt

 

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Response to MadDAsHell (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 01:45 AM

19. :

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Response to sandensea (Reply #19)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:44 AM

27. ICELAND DID THE RIGHT THING!

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:10 AM

12. The republican party

with the koch brothers and the mercers is killing this country and driving all our wealth into the hands of the 1%. It is treasonous what they're doing.

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 12:14 AM

14. No Surprise

The Scandinavian Nations are so far ahead of us in so many ways. Ways like income equality, work customs, education, you name it. In elections the person with the most votes wins every time. And on and on.

We have in the White House a disaster who got elected over his opponent who had 3 million more votes. Only in America.

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 01:11 AM

15. Did you get this, Bernie?

Almost all of the policy discourse in Washington, D.C. centers on naïve attempts to raise the economic growth rate, as if a higher growth rate would somehow heal the deepening divisions and angst in American society. This kind of growth-only agenda is doubly wrong-headed.”

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 01:26 AM

16. Okay, so when we say the Pledge of Allegiance..

and get to the part where it says "liberty and justice for all", we're pretty much blowing smoke.

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Response to Permanut (Reply #16)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:42 AM

26. I don't pledge allegiance to a flag, I pledge allegiance to people like me.

 

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 01:43 AM

18. Thanks republicans and billionaires!

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:16 AM

20. In the November issue of 'The New Republic'.......

there was an article about the rapidly growing problem of fascism in European countries. Apparently Norway has a very strong Neo-Nazi problem growing by leaps and bounds. I wonder how long they'll hold on the number one position? Fascism is a growing problem all over Europe, much as it is in the United States, and the number one reason given for it's rise is the enormous number of refugees seeking asylum from tyrannical governments. There is no Utopia on earth, anywhere.

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:18 AM

22. They Get $$ From Selling North Sea Oil - Free Money - The Rest Of The World Pays For Climate Change

 

Just a fact.

How many barrels of oil per Norwegian is sold in a year?

How good is this for the rest of the planet?

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Response to SeaDoo77 (Reply #22)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 02:30 AM

25. Extracting the oil isn't the problem, burning it is the problem...

How many barrels of oil per capita does the USA consume, vs. Norway?

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Response to SeaDoo77 (Reply #22)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 07:04 AM

29. But they are preparing for life after the oil, investing the money.

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Response to Rollo (Original post)

Sun Dec 10, 2017, 03:54 AM

28. America has lost it's way in the world.

Life sucks, Liberty is vanishing and it's seems this administration pursues absolute unhappiness each and every day.

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