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.
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.
Lol… to the prosecution team (maybe not these particular people but some cohorts or people that work for, with or under them)…. Hola tetera, me gustaria presentarle la olla.
ahhh, the Keith’s of the world, you can’t live with them and you can live without them.
One of his many discrepancies, you might call them felonies, is that he scared a young Immigrant woman into having sex with him, even though most of his victims were white non-hispanic, or he would have her deported. Absolutely awful. I believe that the U.S. Attorney’s Office just made the case that … that particular act was illegal. Now go back to my first sentence and start all over.
You do have to wonder that if these people were just immigrants, would their have been the same resolution. My guess is no.
VP nominee states the obvious. The question is where do the nominees lie on this obvious statement. My opinion is a little different then how they see it though. Today, it’s not about black and white as much as it’s about socioeconomics, it’s about who can afford/get a lawyer and who can’t or is allowed to.
A news outlet reported that the President of the United States derided military veterans. There is no recording of this and I personally do not believe that it happened and will be labeled fake news. I understand the tactics used to persuade voters and both sides are guilty of being uncivil and contentious in a time when unity is really needed. I don’t think fake news is needed right now.
In response, the Demo Candidate VP Biden made a statement “If the revelations in today’s Atlantic article are true, then they are yet another marker of how deeply President Trump and I disagree about the role of the President of the United States,” Biden said. “I have long said that, as a nation, we have many obligations, but we only have one truly saved obligation — to prepare and equip those we send into harm’s way, and to care for them and their families.”
If both sides actually care what happens to military servicemen, then they can show their legitimacy by granting the deported American veterans, who put their lives on the line for this country and were then unceremoniously deported for infractions, a path back into this country. They gave all of themselves to protect our liberties and were good enough to serve in our military and after returning from war were deported for infractions that were most likely caused due to trauma during combat. Do the right thing and make these families whole. I’m sure that they are not asking for a free pass but a fair one.
In shared news, the Supreme Court Chief Justice is under attack for not towing a political ideology. While I have the greatest respect for VP Pence, this has been the norm throughout history for both parties. The Judicial branch is suppose to be an apolitical identity to balance out the other two branches of government. It keeps matters fair and it balances the good of the people with the good of the government. If the Judicial branch were to all of a sudden become politicized, it could make rulings that would find one party’s ideology illegal while preserving the other party’s ideology, no matter how flawed. I write these posts because it is my hope that one day a very smart and courageous woman or man will challenge the way Federal Judges are chosen and give complete autonomy to the third branch of government. I still believe that the Judicial Branch, a separate part of government, should appoint their own employees. Supreme Court Justices should be chosen by the current Supreme Court Justices and then selected by the Executive branch and then confirmed by the Legislative Branch. This would go a long way to fixing a lot of problems. And I believe the Judicial Branch should definitely have better protection, because once they fear for their safety, their rulings can now become influenced by the other branches. This is one of the reasons why I thought Mayor Buttigieg would have made a good President. He broached the idea of starting a conversation about that subject. I think it’s time we made it a reality. For the record, Chief Justice Roberts seems to be a man with honor and courage. It isn’t easy doing the right thing sometimes but it is what needs to be done and that’s how he will be remembered.
If you want to see it another way, here’s a shitty parable I just thought of. You can’t build anything without a solid foundation. A crappy foundation will guarantee that whatever you are building will crumble. This country was built on a Constitution. The Supreme Court are in charge with making sure that foundation remains sound. Why are people harassing the people that are trying to make sure the whole thing doesn’t come tumbling down. It’s like an architect asking me, a retired nobody with no experience on how to build anything, even my lego sets don’t survive, how to build a house. Makes no sense.
Father kills 10 year old after saying he hears voices. I can’t imagine, nor do I want to, what that child went through. I wonder if any of those voices were kind enough to tell him to stop before he did it. I guess not.