WASHINGTON—Speaking out against H.R. 51, which has now cleared the House and made its way to the Senate, congressional Republicans argued Friday that granting Washington, D.C. statehood would be a slippery slope to the District one day becoming its own planet. “If the tiny District of Columbia is admitted as the 51st state, what’s to stop it from going on to ask for recognition as a sovereign country, continent, or planetary body?” Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said in an impassioned plea to senators, warning them to stop the bill or risk emboldening D.C. to slowly grow more spherical and, before long, call for its release from Earth’s gravitational pull. “Sure, we could give in to the District’s demands for representation in Congress, but pretty soon it will expect its own orbital path around the sun—a blatant power grab for Democrats that would throw off the balance of the whole solar system. It was just a few years ago that we acknowledged Pluto wasn’t big enough to be a planet. Do we now want to grant that status to a town of less than 70 square miles? Please.” Mace went on to add that if Democrats succeeded in passing H.R. 51, there would be nothing left to stop California from spiraling into its own liberal galaxy.
LOL… I think it’s a great idea for it to become a state. I think LA and NYC should do the same. It’s not about politics but about representation.
The global pandemic and economic turmoil has caused 12 solid months of lockdowns, uncertainty, job losses and even death, but an annual report on global happiness suggests that while anxiety and fear are at an all-time high, the pandemic hasn’t dampened spirits.
The recently released 2021 World Happiness Report shows that while there has been a huge disruption to the daily lives of nearly everyone around the world amid Covid-19, there has been a surprising resilience in how people rate their lives overall.
It even surprised the editors of the report that amidst global hardship, self-reported life satisfaction across 95 countries on average remained steady throughout 2021.
The World Happiness Report for 2021 focuses on the effects of Covid-19 and how people all over the world have fared.
The report aimed to not only focus on the side effects of the pandemic on the quality and structure of people’s lives but also evaluate how governments worldwide reacted and dealt with the pandemic.
Where does Australia place?
Australia held its place as the 12th happiest country in the world for the second year running.
Ok so Australia isn’t at the top of the list, but considering the fall out of the past 12 months, we should be proud of the stability that our economy and our leaders have provided throughout the pandemic.
Australia, like New Zealand, is one of the few countries around the world which has managed to keep Covid-19 infections low, re-open the economy without major second waves and begin a recovery process.
All of this has had a significant impact on the happiness of Australia’s citizens.
Australians have a lot to be grateful for.
I certainly still think we are lucky that we live in the best country in the world at the best time in history.
“The evidence shows that people’s morale improves when the government acts,” says the report’s editors.
World’s happiest countries 2021
For the fourth year running, Finland has come out on top in the annual list powered by data from the Gallup World Poll, with Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands following in second, third, fourth and fifth position respectively.
The United States, which was ranked 13 five years ago, slipped from 18th to 19th place.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom fell from the 13th position to 18th.
“We need urgently to learn from Covid-19,” said report co-editor Jeffrey Sachs, professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.
“The pandemic reminds us of our global environmental threats, the urgent need to cooperate, and the difficulties of achieving cooperation in each country and globally.”
The top 20 happiest countries in the world
Why do the Nordic countries always rate so high?
It seems a raft of Europe’s Nordic countries continue to rank highly even throughout the past 12 months.
For the fourth year in a row, Finland has been named as the happiest country in the world, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands.
While I would originally question the appeal of living in just a cold country (there must be something I don’t understand), it doesn’t seem to be a coincidence.
In fact, Nordic countries historically rank so highly on the happiness report because of the support their governments give them.
Free healthcare, free education, low crime rates, extended parental and annual leave compared to the rest of the world, are just a few highlights of living in these countries.
For example, new parents in Sweden are entitled to 480 days of leave at 80 per cent of their normal pay.
The Nordic have absolutely hit the nail on the head when it comes to work-life balance, which happens to be one of the key contributors for happiness.
The unhappiest countries in the world
Besides the happiest countries in the world, the Happiness Report also looked at the places where people are the most miserable.
And there were some common themes.
Most are located in underdeveloped countries which have experienced war, armed conflict, political instability or natural catastrophes.
This year, the lowest-scoring country in the World Happiness Report is Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s low life expectancy rate, paired with low gross domestic product rates per capita are the key reasons for its low ranking.
Zimbabwe comes in as the country with the second lowest rank for happiness across the world.
Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in a decade and Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said the report showed that the people were unhappy with the country’s economic direction.
Rwanda, Botswana and Lesotho round out the remainder of the list of the world’s five most unhappy countries.
The bottom 10 most unhappy countries in the world
Michael Yardney is a director of Metropole Property Strategists, which creates wealth for its clients through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He is a best-selling author, one of Australia’s leading experts in wealth creation through property and writes the Property Update blog.
LOL…. This is a great article. There is an error in this article. If you re-read the article and spot it, you are a good reader. I’ll let you re-read the article and see if you can spot it. Ready… here’s the reveal…. In the article it says that the U.S. fell from 18 to 19 while the list has the U.S. at 14. Either way, out of all 197 countries that China and the U.S. make the top 20 seems like that they paid to be on the list, at least this last year anyway. I mean how bad can all the countries be that we made this list this year. I’m not saying that we can’t be on that list other years but this seems to be a perspective not held by many until I read his bio. Then I got, it’s just asking about the pandemic, which with everything that happened besides the pandemic, most people put that lower on the list. China just imprisoned over 4 million people for ethnic cleansing and the U.S. decided to overthrow their capitol and had some major riots that haven’t been that bad since the 60’s, so right now is probably not the best time to make this list because it makes you think wtf could be happening in all other countries.
So imagine that the theory of relativity was correct and that a black hole was maybe a time warp of space and matter allowing time to be bent and overlapped on itself. No human could survive the trip but what if we could send radio waves with messages that are in tune with brain waves? Do you think that’s how Einstein thought of his theory or how Da Vinci thought of helicopters way back when or how Newton thought of his principles? And if so why didn’t they send the formula for Nutella back, what’s wrong with these people?
Lol… so much of it, I can’t smell the flowers anymore… or maybe that’s what the flowers smell like, who knows since it’s been so long since BS hasn’t been spread.
People don’t want to take the vaccine shots because of the distrust for government. Who can blame them. It was just this century that Hispanic women were forcibly sterilized without informed consent. From the Tuskegee project to the hysterectomies in immigration detention centers, to feet, thumbs, pinkies, nose, eyes and ears technology that come in waves and watts (electricity). Yet people are amazed that people don’t trust the government… and when they don’t, they’re called paranoid and that they have eccentric thoughts, lol, I mean if you’re rich, but if you’re poor, you’re just plain old crazy. BTW, eight people killed in Atlanta, just another crazy fucker, or maybe he was eccentric, have to check his bank account.
Sen. Johnson a racist, maybe, or maybe he just said what everyone feels, people are scared of people that don’t look like them. The mistrust, which is bad in such a diverse country. I guess walking in a predominantly white back country (no offense intended, seriously )would be scary for black and hispanic folk but not so much for Sen. Johnson but I feel alright walking in Paterson. It, that fear, is unfortunately something people were taught as kids. It’s reality. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is.
It really seems that the Repubs and Dems are the Jets and the Sharks, doesn’t it. Can they get on the same page on anything.
Still can’t find Dulce Avarez, but people don’t care. They just don’t want to start any waves. All this technology and we still can’t find a missing 5 year old.
On a good note, stimulus checks are going out and maybe the economy will bloom again. Crossing my fingers.
This is a 5 Terrorist 5 Kilo excerpt.
This is just a blog, form your own opinion on things.
One more thing, I’m in my 16th year of being investigated by the Feds… Shouldn’t have never filed that whistleblower paperwork. They really don’t like that.
Undocumented citizens are a vital and integral part of the workforce. They work the jobs most U.S. citizens wouldn’t even think of working and, more to the point, they work jobs that employers wouldn’t hire a U.S. citizen to do in order to pad the bottom line, in some cases just to make a living.
This chart shows that undocumented citizens dominate the service, construction and farming industries. Let’s take each service one by one.
The service industry or the tertiary sector of industry is made up of waitresses and waiters, housekeepers, home health care workers, bartenders and we’ll add manufacturing jobs (since it isn’t added in the above chart) in the chicken factories and the like. Undocumented workers make up 33% while U.S. born workers make up 17% and I’m guessing that other 50% ran when you tried to ask them so, most likely, part of the undocumented crowd. These workers make less money then their U.S. counterparts, generally, and most likely do not have health care benefits, definitely do not have any safety nets like social security or maternity leave and will never see a pension. There is no 401K program for them or any ability to start an IRA. They sacrifice to keep our luxuries cheap. Salads are only $6 because of them and that’s a substantial mark up. Hotel stays are affordable because they are the people that mop the floors, clean the rooms and keep your boilers working but you never see them. And when you do, you throw a temper tantrum, i.e. the lawyer from NYC that famously went instagram special at a restaurant for yelling about the illegal workers in the kitchen and wanted them thrown out of the country because of their lack of loquaciousness but first he wanted the food he ordered.
Thinking about it, that paragraph pretty much takes all the industries they work in into consideration. Undocumented workers do the hard labor and menial jobs that need to be done but no one else wants to. This is the trade off for not having proper paperwork. They have to take the jobs no one else wants, get paid less than minimum wage, not ever get sick and make due to pay for themselves here and their families abroad. It’s a tough ask. Then you have political pundits that want them gone… at least until dinner time at their favorite restaurants or when the hotels they own need cleaning, then they can return, but right after they must get out, until tomorrow.
The reality is they don’t want them gone, they just want to have something to bitc….. gripe about. Their faux angst about people crossing illegally is just that.. faux, I’m pretty sure that means fake. They know exactly where these people are but they made laws that doesn’t allow for them to be caught. They drafted laws to give all service industry employers time to make sure that these people aren’t caught. Any raids into a business has to be given by written notice, one week in advance, in writing, I might have mentioned that already, with the exact time and place they are going to show up.
So the catch 22 isn’t any of what I just mentioned, even though very awful, it’s that these people, in particular the women and children are the most abused, I mean raped and molested and kidnapped, people in our country. That is a true fact. The problem is that they have no legal recourse and sometime the perpetrators are the ones that are suppose to do the investigating. The courts will not entertain any motion for relief and, more to the point the non citizen citizens are too scared to request help. As you see, even women that are here legally sometimes find it difficult to speak up, imagine being a non citizen citizen and your tormentor happens to be someone with some authority. I speak through personal experiences, having been in the Federal system for twenty years. I can absolutely tell you that their lives can be a nightmare that they can’t do anything about.
This is also why Hispanic COVID deaths are so high. They have to share a one bedroom apartment and they all have to go to work. They don’t have the option to stay at home and call in sick. They can’t receive unemployment benefits. They have no choice and you still treat them like bastard children from an unwanted pregnancy that your girlfriend had while your wife was at home taking care of the children you already ignore as you force these women to have sex with you and show their kids child porn. Well that was a mouthful. All this is easily preventable if you had the ability to empathize. You don’t have to love them, you just have to treat them like human beings. You know karma is a bitch and one day she will rear her beautiful head and you’ll start understanding.
If you are going to exploit them as cheap labor, you can at least give them the full protection of the law, but seemingly they get exploited and they get screwed, better yet are forced to get fucked.
It’s not slavery but it’s not not slavery either, it’s inhumane.
True leaders are the ones that can make the tough calls, the right calls, and sometimes the unpopular calls. Anyone can lead by appeasement a true leader leads by virtue. Affable leaders change their minds, True leaders change the world.
So it’s not bad enough that the left uses cancel culture, now the right has to use it as well, right after they said cancel culture is a plague on our society. This is ridiculous. We all knew what the President meant by neanderthal thinking. He meant stop thinking live cavemen. In boxing they have an old saying, when you got the match won, don’t stand and trade with a dangerous opponent. That means just what it says, when you won the bout don’t go out there and prove you can take one on the chin and get knocked out because you want to show the world you are tough, you keep your distance and move and get the win and feed your family. In this case, we have the virus where we want it, about to disappear, why would you give it one last shot to kill more people, one more opportunity to mutate into the world champion of viruses? That’s neanderthal thinking, that’s tough man bullshit that’s unnecessary. Because swing as much as you want, you ain’t knocking that silly little bastard out but he can kill you with one inhale. Be smart, stop cracking those giant looking walnut rocks on your head. That’s more wanting to be popular and remaining in power than it is making the tough calls and doing the right thing even if it means not getting reelected.
Some people might say it’s my decision and this is a free country, you’re right…. but the hospital you are going to when you become deathly ill is full of people that asked you to take precautions and now you are threatening their lives. The cost of taking care of you will undoubtedly be put on the tax payer unnecessarily…. you will undoubtedly get someone infected that trusts you to do the right thing and maybe snuff their lives out…. or maybe you are the lucky one that mutates that virus just enough to make all vaccines worthless. OR you can just endure for another 60 or so days and then be happy. Your choice.
The American Dollar in all of it’s green glory, really is one of the ugliest currencies around. I mean if you look at the Euro with it’s cool blue and earth tones and The English pound with it’s majestic portraits of royalty, America has former Presidents and heads of state looking like they ate bad turkey on thanksgiving. Am I right…. I only look that green after a foul meal (get it because of the bad turkey joke, I guess if you have to explain it) or on halloween if I go as the Hulk. But maybe we made it that ugly for a reason, the guy that designed it was colorblind, I can’t think of any other reason. This article is not solely on why we use credit cards more than cash but also to point out that this economy runs on our currency strength. We are not a huge manufacturing company, That belongs to the countries that pay wages far less than ours, we are innovators. We come up with the ideas before shipping them overseas. The fact that we are innovators and not manufacturers puts this country in a different realm than , let us say, China, where they build giga factories and hospitals in less time it takes us to invade the Capitol. You see manufacturing countries can keep their currency low for a reason, because they receive money, but innovators, they need to have their currency strong because they have to use less of it to pay China. When your country’s influence runs on buying power, and we are the largest consumers of everything, which is why our economy is strong, then you want to make sure that your currency buys with a bang. How can I put this so even I understand it.
Americans are gluttons for consumer products, we buy until we are fat and unhappy and after we get happy by decluttering, we go out and make sure we become unhappy again by buying more useless shit, but that’s not a bad thing. It, excess, is what made us who we are, the most powerful country in the world. So when the dollar starts to look like the ARS (Argentina Nuevo Peso) we are in big trouble. We now have to decide whether to save for retirement or buying our toys. We used to be able to do both, now we are starting to have to choose. The affect that will have on our economy and are global standing will be evident when China surpasses us as the leading fat cats on the block. Then China will start sending us their ideas and we will send them their products because they are the new USA and we will become the new ARS (Argentina). Our ability to go out there and buy is what kept us strong, our inability to do so, will eventually bring us down. The Fed Reserve must come up with a plan to raise the buying power of the dollar if it wants to recover from this economic downturn and it needs to do it now. Keep America strong, buy that treadmill you will never use. It is not only not wrong or right it’s your patriotic duty
It could be that I’m a little tone deaf given the current crise, (that’s the correct form of the word), but the ideology still holds true. The people that are out of work and want to get back to work can only do it when we start buying uncontrollably but within our limits and when I say limits I mean until you luxury SUV can’t fit another item in it. When we can still save for retirement and buy the foot massager that you are going to regift after using it maybe… hmmm… three times.?!.?!, then we are America again. So save America and buy buy buy, for those who can afford it. And, buy American, sounds a little selfish, if you can, if there is anything that’s made in America anymore.
I would also like to take a timeout to thank the non-citizen citizens who kept all the produce and meat factories and chicken factories going. A majority of those factories are made up of you and I truly appreciate you and your sacrifice because if those factories employed only U.S. citizens, chicken would be $20 a pack, not $4 and salads would be non existent because you couldn’t pay a U.S. citizen enough to do that back breaking work. Thank you or muchas gracias, you literally saved this country.
There have been many greats in this country, all not so great, unless they were thinking more along of the lines of “just great, what else could go wrong”. In 1929 this country went into, what is now known as, The Great Depression. It nearly took out this country but we roared back to become the greatest country on Earth, in no small part due to FDR’s actions and because the Japanese attacked us. We face a new great right now, The Great Partisanship, (trademarked), a political rift by not only two parties, but within parties that might become a big as a problem as the great depression. The divide by the Repubs at this moment could be a huge problem. This could give Demos, who already enjoy the popular vote in most elections, an unattainable lead that Repubs might not be able to overcome. This is really bad for America because it now allows one party to implement all the rules and regulations they want and as much as they, the Demos, might think that this is the best situation for the country because I’m sure they think they have the best interest of the country at heart, everything needs its check and balances. The Repubs play an important part in making sure that spending doesn’t get out of hand and that progress moves in the right direction without alienating big business, seemingly that is their role. Nothing ever works with one mindset, you need to have the right roadblocks to make sure this country doesn’t drive itself over a cliff at 100 MPH because someone didn’t see the warning signs.
Both parties are very alike in as much as that they want the best for this country and the people that live in it, they just disagree on SOME of the ways to get there. Both parties need to have some introspect and in this case, the Repubs are the ones that need to do some soul searching before they find themselves as a former political party. They need to make the tough decision of cutting or incising some of their party to save the party as a whole. Get rid of the cancer, no matter how tough. Make the tough decision now before the cancer spreads and it kills you. I’m not going to say who or what it is, that’s for the party’s leaders to decide but they have to rally the troops and make the tough call, even if it means your job. Save America, kill the cancer, rally around your leaders, see how I put an s after leader to make it leaders, because no one person rules the Repub party like no one person rules the Demo party, and make that tough decision. This is not a Dictatorship or an Aristocracy where one person makes all the calls, it’s a democracy where we all make the bad decisions. Simple rules, be honest to yourself and it will be easy to be honest to the country, right is right and wrong is wrong, my third grade teacher told me that and I asked can right be a giraffe instead and she was very emphatic that no, no it could not be. So live in reality, do what’s right and make the tough decisions that need to be made, before it’s too late.
I’m impressed by the Susan Collins’, Pat Toomeys, Adma Kizingers, Mitt Romneys who made the hard call. This country needs more moderate, willing to work together, uniters and less the they did it that way we’ll take the opposite stance people because Repubs and Demos are not opposites, they’re just overpaid, hahaha…. zing.