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Melanie Foley at Appalachian Voices tells us Where Are the Country's Least Happy and Healthy Americans? New Studies Reveal America's "Sadness Belt". The study looks at the evidence at the city, state and congressional district level:

The Well-Being Index compiles surveys taken from all over the country all throughout the year and organizes them by state, community and congressional district. Participants are asked to evaluate their lives according to six categories:

Life Evaluation: how a person’s current life compares with their expectations

Emotional Health: deals with the respondent’s experiences and feelings on a given day

Physical Health: encompasses diseases, physical pain, sick days, body-mass index, etc.

Healthy Behavior: addresses both positive behaviors (i.e. exercise) and negative (i.e. smoking)

• Work Environment: questions for workers on job satisfaction, treatment from superiors, etc.

Basic Access: includes access to food, housing, healthcare, etc.

West Virginia (50) and Kentucky (49) once again brought up the rear as the saddest two states for the fourth year in a row. [...]

When people hear there is a state-by-state report on happiness, they want to know a few things. Who’s number one? It’s Hawaii. Who changed the most since last year? Alaska took a turn for the worse, and Delaware improved significantly. How did my state do? You can find out here. But anyone who looks at the map above is likely to wonder: why is that cluster of red states so unhappy?


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011Rhee tries to shift the blame for suspicious DC test scores:

Let's look at the timeline. When a highly suspicious pattern of wrong-to-right erasures and changed answers on tests was first flagged in 2008, Rhee's administration declined to investigate, and she touted some of the questionable schools as top performers and doled out bonuses to teachers and principals. After another year of suspicious results, a cursory investigation was held but results were not released. Then, this week, when USA Today published its investigation—an article she'd refused to comment for—Rhee's response was to talk about her enemies and their flat-earth beliefs.

And now that refusing to comment to USA Today and lashing out have failed her, Rhee's response is to try to pin the suspicious results on a few bad apples and piously call for increased security.


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  •  745,176 registered users on dKos now. (13+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    babiespail32
    beggarlook22
    doghedge2
    guide8cicada
    sexarea5
    zincmove9
    bill2hat
    napkincamel1
    gardenguitar6
    peru02planet


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #744,100: elbowindia8
    #744,200: sproutfowl7
    #744,300: imbecile
    #744,400: senseage3
    #744,500: parade41bomb
    #744,600: shape04bee
    #744,700: sort6birch
    #744,800: sloperecord1
    #744,900: bitauthor3
    #745,000: warport1
    #745,100: clam0twine

    We've added a whopping 1,107 more users in the last 24 hours.  This is a continuation going back to May where we've been absolutely flooded with new users.  I'm pretty sure almost all of these new users are spammers or bots.  While the rate had been getting faster, it seems they suddenly started slowing down right when Hurricane Sandy hit.  It slowed down to under 1,000 new users in a 24-hour period, and we were back down to somewhat over 100 new users every 24 hours or so, until about January 30th, when it exploded again.  What are they planning?


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Minnie Riperton's "Lovin' You" from 1975.

  •  Had Enough of "Drill, Baby, Drill?" (16+ / 0-)

    An article posted earlier today in Think Progress highlighted the dangers of continued reliance on fossil fuel products

    As Administration Decides On Keystone, U.S. Experiences Two Tar Sands Spills This Week

    One week after the Senate held a symbolic vote in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. saw two different oil spills involving Canadian tar sands crude oil.

    An ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured Friday, leaking approximately 10,000 barrels of tar sands crude in an Arkansas town. As a result, 22 homes have been evacuated as officials clean up of the world’s dirtiest oil:

    Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon, the company said in a statement.
    The Keystone XL pipeline would carry almost nine times the barrels of oil as the Pegasus pipeline...

    The first oil spill came Wednesday, when a train reportedly carrying tar sands oil spilled 15,000 gallons in Minnesota. Also this week, Exxon was hit by a $1.7 million fine for a pipeline that dumped 42,000 gallons of oil in the Yellowstone River in 2011 (the fine itself is a small hinderance for a company that earned $45 billion profit last year).

    As a reminder, "Green Diary Rescue" is posted every Saturday at 1:00 pm Pacific Time on the Daily Kos front page.  Be sure to recommend and comment in the diary.  Here's yesterday's excellent edition - Green Diary Rescue: Earth's oceans acidifying in that way we keep hearing: 'faster than predicted' by Meteor Blades.

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  •  There is a remarkable Facebook Post (4+ / 0-)
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    JekyllnHyde, Aunt Pat, DeadHead, kerflooey

    by Robert Valvano, broadcaster for Louisville basketball. . .

    I introduce you to it here in the hopes you will go read the entire thing

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:31:32 PM PDT

  •  Oh God... (8+ / 0-)

    that broken leg from the Louisville-Duke game today.....

    :-X

    I think several people threw up after seeing that injury happen live.

    But what a day for Louisville.  Their women's team upset #1 Baylor and ended the collegiate career of 6'8" Britteny Griner.

  •  GOP Jesus loves you (11+ / 0-)

    But if you're already born, you're on your own.




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:34:06 PM PDT

  •  For some reason, this makes me very sad (15+ / 0-)

    http://appvoices.org/...?

    West Virginia (50) and Kentucky (49) once again brought up the rear as the saddest two states for the fourth year in a row.

    Oh, right, I live in West-By-God-Virginia.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:37:17 PM PDT

    •  But the Dakotas clock in right at the top. (6+ / 0-)

      Wonder if anybody bothered to ask Native Peoples how they would measure these factors of livability.

      I was a peripheral visionary. I could see the future, but only way off to the side. ~ Steven Wright

      by Bugsby on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:52:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Gallup (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      Isn't this that disgraced polling company that did worst in the last presidential cycle?  Anyone can make make some calls and fabricate some numbers. Doesn't mean hey reflect reality.

    •  It all comes back to Albion's Seed. (2+ / 0-)
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      I know I'm like a broken record on this, but I think the same subculture that I described in this diary --

      Yo, Pundits! Here's What's Up With the Republicans

      -- is responsible for the swath of chronic unhappiness. The "Borderer" worldview of the Highland South is simply a grim and unrewarding one.

      "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

      by Geenius at Wrok on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 06:54:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Excellent Diary, Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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        Eric Nelson
        The media see two dominant parties or three political categories (liberal/moderate/conservative, Democrat/independent/Republican) and assume that they must be of equivalent strength. Therefore, if a Republican makes a statement on a show, or if a "conservative" event takes place, they must represent between one-third and one-half of the country. Plus, since the Republican Party has the reputation of being "tougher" than the Democratic Party, if it's fighting, it must be winning.

        Nice logic, but it's wrong. Here's the real situation:

        The Republican Party has become the captive of a single cultural faction that is unwilling to compromise and unable to moderate its anxiety-warped view of the world. The rest of the nation is fed up with this faction and wants to move forward, not anxiously cling to the past. The teabagger protests, 9/12 movement and other antics of the right wing are the spasms of a culture that never learned to look toward the future and sees every "other" as an enemy. It fights because it doesn't know what else to do.

        When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

        by msmacgyver on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 07:14:00 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Jesus 2013; Death 0. nt (2+ / 0-)
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    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

    by franklyn on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:38:51 PM PDT

  •  Exxon Pegasus Winged Horse(poo) nt (6+ / 0-)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:39:30 PM PDT

  •  Great satire to be found in this diary: (3+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, kovie, Aunt Pat




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:55:30 PM PDT

  •  i posted my Overnight News Digest (4+ / 0-)

    just now.

    it was in awfully rough shape just 30 minutes ago, kind of a miracle how it came together.  

    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:00:34 PM PDT

    •  And then there's the news unfit to print (2+ / 0-)
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      jlms qkw, JeffW

      Did you see this NYT article link, atop their front page?

      Focus Is on Guns as Reid Herds a Shifting Senate
      By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
      The gun bills that the Senate is about to consider offer a new example of the skill with which its leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, evolves on issues.
      The skill.

      Really.

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:38:16 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Since the inevitable cable television death (0+ / 0-)

    ..due to bastards without borders and a distinct lack of funds -

    "Spun" is a free movie viewing experience well fun if you've dealt with tweakers.

    It'll spin your head. But first - Are you experienced.

    Have you ever been experienced baby? I ha-aave.

    How do you stop someone who will stop at nothing?

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:02:18 PM PDT

  •  make consent a mandatory part of sex ed petition (2+ / 0-)
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    Simplify, Dogs are fuzzy

    There is a petition on We The People (WH's petition site) to make consent a mandatory part of sex ed in public schools. If it can get 100k signatures by the 20th of April it will get an official response from the White House. It currently has nearly 30k signatures, but it needs 70k more to hit that mark. If the build-a-Death-Star petition can hit its mark--and get an official response!--shouldn't this be able to, as well? Even if it may not be legally possible, even if jurisdiction gets hairy, imagine the President speaking openly about teaching kids consent. Imagine the dialogue progressing from Steubenville--to that. Sign the damn thing, please.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/...

  •  Global Effects (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, Klusterpuck

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:04:38 PM PDT

  •  Paul Ryan's 1st Congressional District (6+ / 0-)

    Is at the bottom of Gallup's Wellbeing index.  LOL!  

  •  Okiciyap Quilt Auction Diaries Series (4+ / 0-)

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    by Pam from Calif on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:22:43 PM PDT

  •  Who'da thunk the Mormons would be such a (1+ / 0-)
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    franklyn

    happy and carefree lot?

    But -- they are in the top group, happier than all those Californians, and I'll bet they don't smoke any weed to get there.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:25:35 PM PDT

    •  From what I read at the top, Hawaii is #1. (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      Wowie.

      The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box.

      by franklyn on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:34:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  They are happy because they took.... (0+ / 0-)

      ...over an entire state, and think that when they die they are going to see ALL of their relatives back to Adam and Eve. They will all then have a subdued, but happy party.

      Utahns (or whatever they call themselves) also take more happy pills than any other state in the nation.

      If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

      by Bensdad on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 01:17:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Whatever works. Hmmmm. I wonder if it's too (0+ / 0-)

        late to join the big Happy Dance?

        If I can't be rich and can't be famouns, maybe I can just Be Happy (and yes, that WAS a Bobby McFerrin reference!).

        Wonder if they'd believe me if I said I was part Osmond?

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 05:34:33 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I would have. They are not so different from (0+ / 0-)

      others but less uptight. Headed there tonight.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 05:20:51 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Damn, I still can't believe the site's down today (2+ / 0-)
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    franklyn, DeadHead

    for maintenance and construction. Today of all days! That's just wrong kos.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:26:42 PM PDT

  •  If they're not republicans governors, they're.. (7+ / 0-)

    ..republican legislatures in most of the states that are the most sad.

    5th quintile: States with republican governors that are least happy  

    Alabama - R - Robert Bentley
    Alaska - R - Sean Parnell
    Oklahoma - R - Mary Fallon
    Louisiana - R - Bobby Jindal
    Michigan - R - Rick Snyder
    Mississippi - R - Phil Bryant
    Ohio - R - John Kasich
    Indiana - R -Mike Pence
    Tennessee - R- Bill Haslan

    4th quintile: the slightly less sad
    Georgia - R - Nathan Deal
    North Carolina - R - Pat McCrory
    South Carolina - R - Nikki Haley
    Florida - R - Rick Scott
    Nevada - R - Brian Sandoval

    This is a list of states with republican governors. There are a few states with Dems as governors that rank as unhappy, but they are mostly republican legislatures.  

    I kinda rushed through it so it's not a complete list, yet something ain't working when there is clearly more misery in Red states especially when republicans run the whole show.

  •  Regarding the well being index (9+ / 0-)

    Due to a possible move from one the top ranked states to a state near the sadness belt, I have been looking at neighborhoods in the South and have found something severely lacking.

    Walkable streets with sidewalks and bike paths.

    Where I live now, we are used to bike paths and sidewalks to walk everywhere. On a nice spring day, you will see hundreds of people near my area walking, jogging, and biking.  In areas of my metropolitan area, one can find a bike path near their residence and do 20-60 mile loops around that metropolitan area while hardly having to use a road.

    I notice some states in the South where they don't even construct shoulders for the road. You have curb and road, with nothing to walk on, let alone permit kids to walk on the road.

    No wonder people are unhappy in these states.

    Happiness for people in these states seems to be a
    cheeseburger.
    Just an observation.........

    •  Where I live and maintain a home in WA (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ban nock, JeffW, pelagicray

      We have no sidewalks. And it's very highly rated on this index. We have a river trail with bike paths there.

      Where I live now in CA, my own neighborhood and much of my congressional district has no sidewalks (yes, I do this intentionally) and it's much lower rated. We have a river trail with bike paths here. My homes are located in similar modest neighborhoods. No street lights, no sidewalks, relatively minimal services, all told.

      My point? There's a lot more to consider.

      I think looking at something like Food Scarcity  (pdf) in an area probably tells you a lot more about whether people are happy there than its sidewalks. If people have decent jobs, a sense of community and a network of government and private organizations (from churches to schools to issue-based 501c3s) to support them and whom they get a feeling of self worth by supporting, then folks tend to have a better sense of well-being.

      When 20-25% of your citizens are missing meals on a regular basis, and many of those are children, it's a lot harder for citizens to feel good about their community and their wellbeing-- sidewalks, or no sidewalks.

      The one significant  difference between my two communities?   One ranks among the highest nationally in terms of having hungry citizens, the other is low-average. I like my CA community. But citizens struggle here, and it's hard to watch day after day after day. It absolutely does grind on your sense of wellbeing after a while.

      And finally, notice the food scarcity rates in much of the south in the report I linked to.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:43:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  A good map illustrating the concept (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ban nock, pelagicray

      can be found here (unless, of course, you're one of those people that heart disease and stroke makes happy!).

      Similarly, a map of life expectancy is similar . .

  •  Problem with the index (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DeadHead

    They're using the 2000 census districts, not the current districts. Thus, for California, anything below the state level is suspect, at least when we look at Los Angeles.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 10:16:51 PM PDT

  •  Even best places in US far behind other (1+ / 0-)
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    pelagicray

    countries.  For example, no city in the U.S. has a life-expectancy close to top country in terms of life-expectancy which is Monaco 90 years

    •  That's a silly comparison (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW

      Monaco is what? 2/3rds of a square mile with a few thousand very wealthy people . . ..

      There are many locale areas in the USA that are doing OK by all reasonable international standards - e.g, in the 86 year life expectancy range (here's the link again)

    •  Monaco is a poor sample, but most of West Europe (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      JeffW

      does far better in a number of factors. A real look at the U.S. shows us near the bottom of the "first/industrialized" world and, I think, increasingly sliding toward the "second/developing" world. That particularly applies to infrastructure. Yeah, Europe has its problems. One distinct difference is that it "blew" its money before that worldwide recession on infrastructure.

      In the sixties and seventies my return to the U.S. from Europe, Asia and South America generally had the feel of returning to a "first world" from far less. Now, with respect particularly from Western Europe, I'm feeling the reverse. Yet, still I'm finding a social difference there. Less age segregation. More people, from small towns to cities gathering in public places and just visiting. There I find public transportation systems that encourage urban dwellers to move about and personally feel a great freedom from the car—day won't be ruined by a fender bender, traffic won't blow my whole day's schedule, no worry about finding a parking place!

      When I return and look at our public transportation system in the D.C. Metro area it is most definitely a second world feel. Here? Can't get there from here without driving and all those problems. There, even small towns near the cities are generally "no problem."

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 06:01:27 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Ok - I'm used to Netflix deftly assembling some (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    reasonably accurate categories to list shows I might be interested in, like...

       Quirky Political Movies
       Violent Suspenseful Action Thrillers
       Spy Action and Adventure from the 1960s
       Critically-acclaimed Visually-striking Dark Dramas
    But then their rating system goes right off the rails and gives me this...
    Nephrotic Adventures Featuring Very Tiny Children
    ...which features exactly one (1) title: "Chasing the Kidney Stone".

    WTF? Nephrotic is a Netflix category?

    It doesn't say why I might like it, on what it's basing this category or how it managed to even come up with such a category -- it just showed up on my normal Netflix webpage.  It reminds me a bit of Clippy, the Microsoft Office "helper":  

    "Hey, it looks like you have to pee - would you like to watch a movie about kidney stones?"

    Just skimming through the movie, it kind of looks like Willy Wonka meets the large intestine, as imagined by Terry Gilliam poking fun at Tim Burton. Seems very well done though.

  •  I moved to Hawaii just over a year ago... (5+ / 0-)

    ....from California. I was born in California and it is a great state....nay, it is a great COUNTRY within a country. But I have to say, the quality of life in Hawaii is much higher although the conveniences are much fewer....or perhaps BECAUSE the conveniences are fewer. You learn to get by on less and to want less.

    Everyone takes their time and they breathe and say aloha, or more likely hi or hello, with sincerity. People get outside a lot and families are very important here.

    The GOP and the NRA and the LDS are active here and dream of turning this into a red, or at least a purple state, but the inroads have been few, with the notable recent exception of the NRA which has been successful in organizing hunters who want to shoot non-native species and they want there to be plenty of non-native species to shoot.

    By and large the sense of mutual responsibility here and inter-connectedness is right in line with the underlying principles of the Democratic party: we are all in this together. Living on an island teaches you that.

    Living on island Earth is the same, but the GOP doesn't get that.  They think it is every man, woman and child for him or herself.

    It can't work that way. Island living proves it.  And since we know we are all going to run into each other again, no one gives you the finger in traffic and direct confrontations are fewer and further between.

    Add to that, the fact that people who live on an island are genuinely happy to see visitors, you have a pretty happy, warm and welcoming place to live.

    I won't mention the natural beauty....or beauties!

    If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

    by Bensdad on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 01:14:06 AM PDT

    •  But can one make a living in Hawaii? (0+ / 0-)

      There are lots of places in our country that I see and note that people are living good lives there, but the question always remains, can I make a living there?

      The answer there is never as clear cut as one might imagine.  

      I mean, I don't really like where I live, it costs far too much to live here, but I have to go someplace where there is a market for and a sub-population of employers/colleagues who both recognize and value my skills.  So, I'm somewhat limited in that my skills don't travel to all regions/communities.  

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 09:29:33 AM PDT

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      •  The economy here is based primarily.... (1+ / 0-)
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        ....on providing vacations to others who are working their asses off on the mainland. Unemployment is lower here than most states, but the quality of the jobs compared to the mainland is also lower in some respects. On the Big Island, I know many people who do more than one thing (carpenters that cut hair for example). People are more adept at making their OWN living here. I think the simple answer to your question is maybe not. On the most populated island, there are more "corporate" type possibilities I hear. But moving to any other island means you are moving to a very small town in the middle of the ocean.

        If you have a particular skill, you may find a place for it in Honolulu, but it is usually more difficult on the neighbor islands, but not impossible. I have a friend whose job it is to fly around each of the island providing a form of medical service. He often lingers on the islands he visits for a weekend or an extra day. He is to be envied!

        If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

        by Bensdad on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:10:52 PM PDT

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  •  Euro-Cyprus (0+ / 0-)

    http://ccoaler.wordpress.com/...

    First time that reporting really changed. Whereas you got an immense outcry back in the 80s when the USSR nationalized sth, u havent heard too much till now about Cyprus. Politicians are mostly silent about it, Schaeuble is mostly portraying the immense dangers for Germany id est he wants to save money. Nobody likes to speak about systemic failures because obviously every solution that is different means that it would be more left or sth and nobody within the current German govt likes to be Stalin. So, savers are robbed, not even pretending you want to save the world. In essence, it’s corrupt bullshit.

    Till now the history of the still young Euro currency is the history of a more dramatic rescue by the second. There wont b 2 much of a change 2 it even after the compromise concerning Cyprus 2 have the oversized banking sector melted down there. The dynamics of the crysis r rooted in the heavy foundation failures of the currency zone. The contract of Maastricht dealt at the end of the year 1990 concentrated solemnly on the monetary integration with the epicenter ecb. Rules were omitted that would have had the aim to create an improved fiscal and economic union.

    The case was omitted authoritarianly that countries cannot keep up with Germany economically and fiscally. It was more or less excluded by the contract.

    If it cannot b what is not allowed 2 happen, then solidaric support of the community is 4bidden as well.

    The “no-bail-out” rule is famous for it.

    The reality of the economic segregation between the member states, thriven as well by the aggressive export politics of Germany, toppled this founding ignorance.

    By the massive pressure a learning process took place.

    The headlines are: rescue packs, European rescue funds, imposed austrity programs for the crysis countries, but as well debt cuts in Greece, it means partly robbing the creditors.

    By the nationaltist oriented resitances versus liabilty rules – eu-wide – and the further and further growing fiscal and economic union further repulses are preprogrammed. The logics r determined by the principle “after the rescue is before the rescue.”

    This “rescue-order” is valid for Cyprus as well. The economic-structural consequences and the generated loss of confidence were ignored by the EU rescue team. With the Cyprus compromise, a new level of the learning process was reached which is extremely dangerous. Taboo kills surely occured driven by the impact of the crysis on the island of the banks Cyprus. Though the learning process has pathological traits. The most important parts of the recent rescue r:

    (1) Its divisive to say the kick out of Cyprus had caused a system crysis. Its safe 2 say though that the EU rescuers caused an extreme drop in the trust towards the entire Euro system by the suggestion 2 confiscate 6.75% from every lousy saver on the island. The guarantee of 100000 Euros per account – exactly guaranteed by the EU by the way as the “safeguard of economical interests” – was 2 b levered out for the first time. Even Germany wasnt free of fear anymore. Giro accounts and saving accounts arent safe anymore, papers wrote.

    (2) Only the massvie protests not only in Cyprus forced the omitting of the forced fee for small savers. Now the banking sector is being disassembled. The draw down of the Laiki bank and the rescue of the bank of Cyprus bind shareholders, creditors and foremost account owners owning more more than 100000 Euros towards financing the rescue. This part-privatization of the costs of the rescue has the right direction. As bitter as it is for the ones employed on the island, the business practice/ model couldnt sustain by rescue funds. Finally it was based on much 2 high rate yield, massive tax evasion savings for foreign actors and money laundering. The teaching is clear here: A unified currency zone cannot operate with countries that offer themselves as a tax haven. Politics shouldnt stop at Cyprus though. It’s a scandal that Luxemburg still offers itself as a hub for investmentfunds and holding companies by tax dumping.

    As a first step Austria and Luxemburg should be forced not to dump taxes concerning capital gains.

    (3) For the first time in the history of the EU, measures r introduced to stop money from flitting. Article 65 of the EU-contract seemed 2 b obsolete. It justifies capital flow controls for reasons of “public order and security.” Capital flow seemed 2 b a blessing. Capital flow controls should have been introduced though already during the first rescue in Greece in spring 2010.

  •  Exercise Correlation (0+ / 0-)

    I found it interesting that Bolder CO had the most frequent exercise (63%), the lowest obesity, the lowest rate of diabetes, and the lowest rate of high blood pressure.

    Conversely, Springfield OH had the lowest rate of frequent exercise (39%), lowest happiness, highest asthma, most smokers.

  •  Where you live which is absolutely related to (1+ / 0-)
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    how much money you have.   I live in a green county in orange Michigan.

    What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

    by dkmich on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 04:39:58 AM PDT

  •  29 years ago today...RIP, Marvin (1+ / 0-)
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    Howard Fineman needs to have a chat with Chris Cilizza about Grecian Formula and its effects on punditry

    by memofromturner on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 05:31:27 AM PDT

  •  Solidarity has no boundaries/McDonald's guest (1+ / 0-)
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    workers taking the battle home.  

    http://www.thenation.com/...

    sh

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