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2014-05-06 09:33:56 AM  
"...For Capitalism"

Append the above to the headline for subby.

The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.
 
2014-05-06 09:51:25 AM  
Yeah. Interest rates and unemployment rates, albeit important, do not make up happiness. But apparently, living in the Sudan is better than paying a more expensive mortgage or something as Sudan doesn't even make the list.
 
2014-05-06 10:00:44 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-06 10:29:25 AM  
I guess my plan to move to the Central African Republic is going to work out after all!
 
2014-05-06 10:33:19 AM  

Dust: The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.


No, it doesn't. Original story here. It's strictly an economic-misery list.  Looks more like a list of 25 countries whose economies would be a lot better off than they are if it weren't for piss-poor governance.

And before you go all eye-rolly that the study's from Cato, it has China as being near the top of the heap and ahead of the US.  (The study doesn't measure ability to breathe, either.)
 
2014-05-06 10:41:56 AM  
Are they also fat bastards like the Belgians?
 
2014-05-06 10:43:19 AM  
LOL, the CATO Institute.

How surprising that the two biggest US "enemies" are atop the list.

LOL at interest rates being a qualifier for misery. Especially when they choose a photo of a Venezuelan beach full of people enjoying themselves.
 
2014-05-06 10:45:04 AM  
25 countries with higher interest rates...

i want to go to several of those...

peru, argentina,croatia, greece, spain,  and probably other places on the list, too.  I've been to venezuela, costa rica, and brazil and really enjoyed myself.
 
2014-05-06 10:45:13 AM  

rocky_howard: Especially when they choose a photo of a Venezuelan beach full of people enjoying themselves.


All I saw at the beach were sardines.
 
2014-05-06 10:45:18 AM  

Gulper Eel: And before you go all eye-rolly that the study's from Cato, it has China as being near the top of the heap and ahead of the US.  (The study doesn't measure ability to breathe, either.)



What were you expecting? It's his home country after all.

www.comicbookreligion.com
 
2014-05-06 10:49:27 AM  
Cato!

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2014-05-06 10:51:42 AM  
That author does not like Latin America, does he?
 
2014-05-06 10:52:07 AM  

Dust: "...For Capitalism"

Append the above to the headline for subby.

The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.


Otherwise everything is just peachy there.  Crime is under control.  Plenty of consumer staples available.  Plenty of freedom of speech.  Other than the lack of capitalism, everything is fine.
 
2014-05-06 10:52:49 AM  
"according to the Cato Institute..."

stoppedreadingthere.jpg
 
2014-05-06 10:55:38 AM  
rocky_Howard:
What were you expecting? It's his home country after all.

I think you actually mean Hong Kong, which is no. 76 on the list.
 
2014-05-06 10:59:21 AM  
Well that should make us all feel a little bit better about the shiathole we live in
 
2014-05-06 10:59:23 AM  
*clicks*

Cato institute?

*closes tab*
 
2014-05-06 10:59:56 AM  

SlothB77: Dust: "...For Capitalism"

Append the above to the headline for subby.

The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.

Otherwise everything is just peachy there.  Crime is under control.  Plenty of consumer staples available.  Plenty of freedom of speech.  Other than the lack of capitalism, everything is fine.


10/10 well trolled
 
2014-05-06 11:01:49 AM  
Wow what does the Cogo have to do?
 
2014-05-06 11:08:18 AM  
Stupid Cato institute bashing socialist countries..... Venezuela is a worker's paradise!
 
2014-05-06 11:10:32 AM  
Ranked by the Cato Institute and then posted on Weather.com?  Good job subbyyou might have posted the worst link of the year. I guess you get a half point for desliding it.
 
2014-05-06 11:11:11 AM  
Meh

No Sudan or Myanmar?  How about Bangladesh?
 
2014-05-06 11:16:29 AM  
How nice of Weather.com to take the 25 most miserable countries and make them look pretty.
 
2014-05-06 11:18:11 AM  

Joe Peanut: That author does not like Latin America, does he?


Unless you have money, most of latin america is shiatty.  An poor person in the US lives like an upper-middle class to wealthy person there.

I have lived, worked, married, played, on and off in latin america since 1998.

When you live there, it is a much different situation than being a tourist.  And in my case when I live in Colombia I am a citizen, so I have to live and work for pesos.  The rosy sheen of latin america does not last more than two weeks for most "gringos" when the decide to perm move there.
 
2014-05-06 11:18:40 AM  
FTFA: Ukraine. The country ranked 23rd in the Cato Institute's list of most miserable countries with a misery index of 24.4, mainly due to high interest rates.

Wow, thanks Subby, you never go Full Retard.
 
2014-05-06 11:20:28 AM  

theflatline: Joe Peanut: That author does not like Latin America, does he?

Unless you have money, most of latin america is shiatty.  An poor person in the US lives like an upper-middle class to wealthy person there.

I have lived, worked, married, played, on and off in latin america since 1998.

When you live there, it is a much different situation than being a tourist.  And in my case when I live in Colombia I am a citizen, so I have to live and work for pesos.  The rosy sheen of latin america does not last more than two weeks for most "gringos" when the decide to perm move there.


oops, make that 1988.
 
2014-05-06 11:23:52 AM  
Stupid Cato, using a study developed by the Johnson administration and Harvard. Silly capitalists. And I read the article unlike the rest of yall. Sorry, there is no way that price controls would cause shortages like those rightwing nuts argue. Every economist in the world may disagree with me, including Krugman, but I am a liberal genius.

Slutter McGee
 
2014-05-06 11:29:38 AM  
I call bullpoop.  I have been assured by Thomas Pickety and his throng of pseudo-intellectual followers that governments who behave like Venezuela's will create heaven on earth.
 
2014-05-06 11:30:01 AM  
How many of these countries have been strongly interfered with by the CIA and then "bailed out" by the IMF/World Bank?
 
2014-05-06 11:32:40 AM  
Gaza/West Bank less miserable than e.g. Spain?
They must have figured in the likelihood of feeling the relief of someone putting you out of your misery.
 
2014-05-06 11:34:03 AM  
Venezuela?  I thought it was Kathy Bates.
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2014-05-06 11:34:04 AM  

Gulper Eel: Dust: The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.

No, it doesn't. Original story here. It's strictly an economic-misery list.  Looks more like a list of 25 countries whose economies would be a lot better off than they are if it weren't for piss-poor governance.

And before you go all eye-rolly that the study's from Cato, it has China as being near the top of the heap and ahead of the US.  (The study doesn't measure ability to breathe, either.)


Who goes eye-rolly at Cato? Anyone with a brain would stop reading altogether at the words "Cato Institute".
 
2014-05-06 11:35:02 AM  

Trayal: *clicks*

Cato institute?

*closes tab*


rocky_howard: LOL, the CATO Institute.

How surprising that the two biggest US "enemies" are atop the list.

LOL at interest rates being a qualifier for misery. Especially when they choose a photo of a Venezuelan beach full of people enjoying themselves.


H31N0US: "according to the Cato Institute..."

stoppedreadingthere.jpg


Sorry, but Paul Krugman's not going to sleep with you because of your lock-step ideological purity.
 
2014-05-06 11:36:05 AM  

Gulper Eel: Dust: The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.

No, it doesn't. Original story here. It's strictly an economic-misery list.  Looks more like a list of 25 countries whose economies would be a lot better off than they are if it weren't for piss-poor governance.

And before you go all eye-rolly that the study's from Cato, it has China as being near the top of the heap and ahead of the US.  (The study doesn't measure ability to breathe, either.)


China?  The most blatantly capitalist country in the world, China?  That China?

Your industry pollutes a lot, costs money to clean it up?  Come to China, we value profits over clean air and clean water!

Your industry wants to pay workers $2 an hour?  Come to China, we're good with whatever oppression you want to dish out!

Your industry has dangerous manufacturing techniques, and you don't want to spend money to make it safer?  Come to China, if you're making money, kill a few workers, we might hand you a small fine, maybe!

Hate red tape?  Come to China, a few bribes, and you're all good!

Yeah.  It's from Cato.  Where misery has nothing to do with anything but how much more money the wealthy can accumulate.
 
2014-05-06 11:36:27 AM  
The USa has just been named The Most Miserablest Country.
 
2014-05-06 11:38:04 AM  
After RTF thread, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that this CATO institute is a conservative think tank.

/ apolitical and/or ignorant
 
2014-05-06 11:39:28 AM  

Nick Nostril: After RTF thread, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that this CATO institute is a conservative think tank.

/ apolitical and/or ignorant


Winner winner chickendinner
 
Esn
2014-05-06 11:41:07 AM  

Gulper Eel: Dust: The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.

No, it doesn't. Original story here. It's strictly an economic-misery list.  Looks more like a list of 25 countries whose economies would be a lot better off than they are if it weren't for piss-poor governance.

And before you go all eye-rolly that the study's from Cato, it has China as being near the top of the heap and ahead of the US.  (The study doesn't measure ability to breathe, either.)


Yeah, the China placement makes me go more "eye-rolly" if anything. All that does is confirm for me that Libertarians love monopolies (as long as they're not in public hands, but owned by rich people who can't be voted out by the populace. So the ones in China would definitely qualify).
 
2014-05-06 11:41:26 AM  

bdub77: [i.imgur.com image 599x443]


That's right.  You don't hear the Best Koreans complaining.
 
2014-05-06 11:41:36 AM  

Gulper Eel: Dust: The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.

No, it doesn't. Original story here. It's strictly an economic-misery list.  Looks more like a list of 25 countries whose economies would be a lot better off than they are if it weren't for piss-poor governance.


And there are no African countries with worse economies than the 25 listed here? Bullshiat. They left out the whole continent. Either that or places like Zimbabwe are doing just great economically.
 
2014-05-06 11:41:54 AM  

Nick Nostril: After RTF thread, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that this CATO institute is a conservative think tank.

/ apolitical and/or ignorant


A libertarian one but like a lot of them, they only seem to ever criticize things on the left.
 
2014-05-06 11:43:13 AM  

patrick767: Gulper Eel: Dust: The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.

No, it doesn't. Original story here. It's strictly an economic-misery list.  Looks more like a list of 25 countries whose economies would be a lot better off than they are if it weren't for piss-poor governance.

And there are no African countries with worse economies than the 25 listed here? Bullshiat. They left out the whole continent. Either that or places like Zimbabwe are doing just great economically.


But the bill says, "1 Trillion Dollars!" That's got to be a lot!
 
2014-05-06 11:43:39 AM  

Cerebral Ballsy: Nick Nostril: After RTF thread, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that this CATO institute is a conservative think tank.

/ apolitical and/or ignorant

Winner winner chickendinner


Oooh, lunchtime.  BRB.
 
2014-05-06 11:43:40 AM  

DarkVader: China?  The most blatantly capitalist country in the world, China?  That China?

Your industry pollutes a lot, costs money to clean it up?  Come to China, we value profits over clean air and clean water!

Your industry wants to pay workers $2 an hour?  Come to China, we're good with whatever oppression you want to dish out!

Your industry has dangerous manufacturing techniques, and you don't want to spend money to make it safer?  Come to China, if you're making money, kill a few workers, we might hand you a small fine, maybe!

Hate red tape?  Come to China, a few bribes, and you're all good!

Yeah.  It's from Cato.  Where misery has nothing to do with anything but how much more money the wealthy can accumulate.


Those bastards.

They didn't re-define the classic 40+-year-old definition of "misery index" for you.

How thoughtless.
 
2014-05-06 11:49:32 AM  

patrick767: And there are no African countries with worse economies than the 25 listed here? Bullshiat. They left out the whole continent. Either that or places like Zimbabwe are doing just great economically.


They left out 100 countries. Probably a lot of places where data was incomplete.

verbaltoxin: Nick Nostril: After RTF thread, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that this CATO institute is a conservative think tank.

/ apolitical and/or ignorant

A libertarian one but like a lot of them, they only seem to ever criticize things on the left.


Libertarians who opposed the Iraq war and expansion of presidential power.
 
2014-05-06 11:50:17 AM  
No, no, no!

The U.S. is the most unhappy place on Earth.  Your anti-Best Korean propaganda will not avail you!
 
2014-05-06 11:51:46 AM  

patrick767: Gulper Eel: Dust: The misery index doesn't take into account things like genocide and starvation, it seems.

No, it doesn't. Original story here. It's strictly an economic-misery list.  Looks more like a list of 25 countries whose economies would be a lot better off than they are if it weren't for piss-poor governance.

And there are no African countries with worse economies than the 25 listed here? Bullshiat. They left out the whole continent. Either that or places like Zimbabwe are doing just great economically.


Forget Africa, what about our own doorstep with Haiti?
 
2014-05-06 11:55:19 AM  

DarkVader: China?  The most blatantly capitalist country in the world, China?  That China?


Farklibs keep repeating this, but it's asinine.  The two largest state-owned companies in China are larger than the 500 largest private companies combined.  Every square inch of land is owned by the Chinese government.  People can be moved and relocated at will.  There are no property rights.  The state controls the media.  The state controls which businesses are successful and which aren't.
 
2014-05-06 12:02:26 PM  

theflatline: Joe Peanut: That author does not like Latin America, does he?

Unless you have money, most of latin america is shiatty.  An poor person in the US lives like an upper-middle class to wealthy person there.

I have lived, worked, married, played, on and off in latin america since 1998.

When you live there, it is a much different situation than being a tourist.  And in my case when I live in Colombia I am a citizen, so I have to live and work for pesos.  The rosy sheen of latin america does not last more than two weeks for most "gringos" when the decide to perm move there.


Ha, that sounds just like Hawaii! There it may be crappy currencies and economic situations, here it's a high cost of living that just makes the dollar SEEM like a peso, plus low level jobs in the tourism industry that pay barely enough to live. There are a lot of poor people and a lot of really rich people.

On the bright side, hiking and going to the beach are free. But hell if I can afford much else.
 
2014-05-06 12:09:06 PM  

Snort: Meh

No Sudan or Myanmar?  How about Bangladesh?


Haiti is technically capitalist these days.

I wonder, if Haiti/Venezuela population migration was free and open, which way the traffic would flow.
 
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