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(The Diplomat)   Australians named 'happiest people on the planet', presumably because the ones able to fill in surveys have gone another day without being killed by everything that walks, flies, swims or crawls in their godforsaken country   (thediplomat.com) divider line 61
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2014-05-08 09:10:20 AM  
When I was lying in the Wollongong hospital with a big hole blown through the middle of my life, I started having these dreams of flying. I was free. But sooner or later, you always have to wake up.
 
2014-05-08 09:27:26 AM  
"Waking up breathing."  It's Australian for "happy!"
 
2014-05-08 09:33:47 AM  
It's like California because the weather's always nice and there are loads of beaches I guess I'd probably like it too
 
2014-05-08 09:41:35 AM  

hipcheckgrl: "Waking up breathing."  It's Australian for "happy!"


You are not in Kansas anymore. You are in Australia, ladies and gentlemen. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is a Hell, you might wanna go there for some R & R after a tour in Australia. Out there beyond that fence every living thing that crawls, flies, or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubes.
 
2014-05-08 10:16:40 AM  

charlesmartel11235: It's like California because the weather's always nice and there are loads of beaches I guess I'd probably like it too


California doesn't have exploding trees, box jellyfish the size of Manhattan, places where the ground just up and eats you, sharks that swim along streets in residential neighborhoods, venomous abominations, or explosive pollen.

But other than that, Australia is so much like California that you'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart.
 
2014-05-08 10:52:29 AM  
That's great news. Someone should tell the Prime Minster!

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"HEY! ANDY!"
 
2014-05-08 11:04:47 AM  
Plus they are drunk 24/7.
 
2014-05-08 11:04:54 AM  
The closer you are to death, the more you appreciate life.
 
2014-05-08 11:06:25 AM  

charlesmartel11235: It's like California because the weather's always nice and there are loads of beaches I guess I'd probably like it too


And all the salt water crocodiles that you can feed.
 
2014-05-08 11:06:56 AM  
It might be because the women are hornier, and the men fairly gay.
 
2014-05-08 11:09:50 AM  
I'm calling bullshiat. I've known several Aussies. A couple were happy and and great fun. The others were sullen, miserable drunks.
 
2014-05-08 11:09:51 AM  

King Something: charlesmartel11235: It's like California because the weather's always nice and there are loads of beaches I guess I'd probably like it too

California doesn't have exploding trees, box jellyfish the size of Manhattan, places where the ground just up and eats you, sharks that swim along streets in residential neighborhoods, venomous abominations, or explosive pollen.

But other than that, Australia is so much like California that you'd be hard-pressed to tell them apart.


California has loads of eucalyptus trees - it turns out that pyromaniac trees do rather well when introduced to a warm, dry, region.
 
2014-05-08 11:10:15 AM  
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30,000 people are reported missing in Australia every year.
90% are found within a month. Some are never seen again.
 
2014-05-08 11:11:10 AM  
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2014-05-08 11:11:47 AM  
Good news for me, I'm moving there in a month. Hopefully I won't get attacked by a emu crossed with a huntsman.

Also...

From the TFA:
Despite their apparent optimism the Australians have shown a less than positive response to news of a tough federal budget on May 13. Amid reports of potential tax hikes and welfare cuts, the Abbott government has seen its
"No one likes difficult decisions - governments don't like taking difficult decisions, voters don't like the consequences of difficult decisions - but you've just got to make hard decisions at a time like this, otherwise our country is doomed to years of economic stagnation," Abbott told the Nine Network.


No, Abbott, people don't like you because you're systematically trying to ruin the country under the claim of "reigning in the budget" while trying to shell out billions to fund your pet projects.

/No Australia doesn't need 42 F-35 fighters, but it does need environmental regulations.
 
2014-05-08 11:14:14 AM  

King Something: California doesn't have exploding trees, box jellyfish the size of Manhattan, places where the ground just up and eats you, sharks that swim along streets in residential neighborhoods, venomous abominations, or explosive pollen.


I worried about all those until I went there. Then I learned about the stuff they consider too small to mention, like the "lawyer vine", and the neurotoxic trees whose sting burns affected areas for up to SIX MONTHS.

Of course, I learning all this climbing up a place called Mount Sorrow (which overlooks Weary Bay and out across Cape Tribulation) pretty much gives you a good feel that the people who founded the place were likely not enjoying it much.
 
2014-05-08 11:14:27 AM  

Walker: [lh6.googleusercontent.com image 640x480]


all those cars are going the wrong way.
 
2014-05-08 11:15:50 AM  
I've been in Vienna a few times & never seen unhappy Australians there.
 
2014-05-08 11:16:05 AM  

Evil Mackerel: charlesmartel11235: It's like California because the weather's always nice and there are loads of beaches I guess I'd probably like it too

And all the salt water crocodiles that you can feed.


Not in the parts where anyone lives

/well, except me
//no funnel webs up here though
 
2014-05-08 11:16:24 AM  
As someone who's been obsessed with Australia since her teen years, and never able to get there (damned lack of money and lack of vacation in America).  I'm not surprised.  It just seems like a relaxed, but reliable, country.  I could be completely wrong.  I'm willing to take donations to go there and tell you all how it is.  (To the person who said it was like Cali - I hated California, mostly because of how flaky and weird the people were - and I'm still pretty sure I'd love Australia.)
 
2014-05-08 11:19:34 AM  

Reverend J: Good news for me, I'm moving there in a month. Hopefully I won't get attacked by a emu crossed with a huntsman.

Also...

From the TFA:
Despite their apparent optimism the Australians have shown a less than positive response to news of a tough federal budget on May 13. Amid reports of potential tax hikes and welfare cuts, the Abbott government has seen its
"No one likes difficult decisions - governments don't like taking difficult decisions, voters don't like the consequences of difficult decisions - but you've just got to make hard decisions at a time like this, otherwise our country is doomed to years of economic stagnation," Abbott told the Nine Network.

No, Abbott, people don't like you because you're systematically trying to ruin the country under the claim of "reigning in the budget" while trying to shell out billions to fund your pet projects.

/No Australia doesn't need 42 F-35 fighters, but it does need environmental regulations.


Welcome to Oz, seems you have a good grip on local politics already.
 
2014-05-08 11:25:18 AM  

ADHD Librarian: Evil Mackerel: charlesmartel11235: It's like California because the weather's always nice and there are loads of beaches I guess I'd probably like it too

And all the salt water crocodiles that you can feed.

Not in the parts where anyone lives

/well, except me
//no funnel webs up here though


I have a friend from Sydney who wants me to going camping with him when he goes back for a visit.
 
2014-05-08 11:26:23 AM  

ADHD Librarian: Reverend J: Good news for me, I'm moving there in a month. Hopefully I won't get attacked by a emu crossed with a huntsman.

Also...

From the TFA:
Despite their apparent optimism the Australians have shown a less than positive response to news of a tough federal budget on May 13. Amid reports of potential tax hikes and welfare cuts, the Abbott government has seen its
"No one likes difficult decisions - governments don't like taking difficult decisions, voters don't like the consequences of difficult decisions - but you've just got to make hard decisions at a time like this, otherwise our country is doomed to years of economic stagnation," Abbott told the Nine Network.

No, Abbott, people don't like you because you're systematically trying to ruin the country under the claim of "reigning in the budget" while trying to shell out billions to fund your pet projects.

/No Australia doesn't need 42 F-35 fighters, but it does need environmental regulations.

Welcome to Oz, seems you have a good grip on local politics already.


Thanks, look forward to living there and gorging myself on Tim Tams (plus various beers, but not together)! I've tried to stay infromed about what's going on down there so I read various aussie websites. Also, I would have been a year earlier but after Abbott slashed research funding I wasn't able to get a job, thus gaining my ire.
 
2014-05-08 11:33:59 AM  
And they're the furthest geographic location from Mexico... coincidence?
 
2014-05-08 11:37:47 AM  
I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).
 
2014-05-08 11:40:35 AM  
Knows the feeling:

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2014-05-08 11:41:16 AM  
Australians never have to worry about terrorism. That must contribute to their happiness.
 
2014-05-08 11:41:59 AM  

Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).


...but if you have to pay more than $8 an hour, everybody will go bankrupt and/or replace their workers with machines!!!!!  THIS DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE!
 
2014-05-08 11:47:07 AM  

kjohn33407: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

...but if you have to pay more than $8 an hour, everybody will go bankrupt and/or replace their workers with machines!!!!!  THIS DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE!


Look at the Demographics.

Pretty simple to see why.
 
2014-05-08 11:52:35 AM  

smallerGov: Walker: [lh6.googleusercontent.com image 640x480]

all those cars are going the wrong way.


They do drive on the left there.
 
2014-05-08 11:53:28 AM  

Ivan the Tolerable: the neurotoxic trees whose sting burns affected areas for up to SIX MONTHS


Interesting. Tell me more.
 
2014-05-08 11:55:52 AM  
You know who ELSE was a happy Australian?
 
2014-05-08 11:57:13 AM  

Thunderpipes: Look at the Demographics.

Pretty simple to see why.


...white people?
 
2014-05-08 12:01:37 PM  

Thunderpipes: kjohn33407: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

...but if you have to pay more than $8 an hour, everybody will go bankrupt and/or replace their workers with machines!!!!!  THIS DOESNT MAKE ANY SENSE!

Look at the Demographics.

Pretty simple to see why.



A lack of cheap border hopping labor suppressing free market wages?
 
2014-05-08 12:12:48 PM  

Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).


A better way to compare "livable" is via price level.  Australia's is 142 compared to the US.  That means on average you'll pay 42% more for goods and services in Australia than the US.  So that $16 doesn't look so hot anymore.
 
2014-05-08 12:25:20 PM  

dittybopper: You are not in Kansas anymore. You are in Australia, ladies and gentlemen. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is a Hell, you might wanna go there for some R & R after a tour in Australia. Out there beyond that fence every living thing that crawls, flies, or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubes.


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2014-05-08 12:43:45 PM  
It's the budgies. How can you not be happy in a land filled with gaily colored clouds of cheerfully squeaking wild budgies!
 
2014-05-08 12:49:47 PM  
You know, for shiats and giggles, I'd like to dump a couple dozen honey badgers in the Aussie Outback and see what happens to the natural environ - which screwed up spawn of nature survives: the one what gives no farks and picks fights with lions for shiats and giggles or the entire ecosystem seemingly out to destroy all forms of humanity.
 
2014-05-08 01:32:17 PM  

Shazam999: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

A better way to compare "livable" is via price level.  Australia's is 142 compared to the US.  That means on average you'll pay 42% more for goods and services in Australia than the US.  So that $16 doesn't look so hot anymore.


Well, I guess by that gauge China is a paradise on earth.
 
2014-05-08 01:36:59 PM  

kjohn33407: A lack of cheap border hopping labor suppressing free market wages?


Were you going for irony in that post or was it unintended?
 
2014-05-08 01:43:09 PM  

Alonjar: Shazam999: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

A better way to compare "livable" is via price level.  Australia's is 142 compared to the US.  That means on average you'll pay 42% more for goods and services in Australia than the US.  So that $16 doesn't look so hot anymore.

Well, I guess by that gauge China is a paradise on earth.


The Chinese minimum wage is $16/hr?
 
2014-05-08 01:49:20 PM  

Fark like a Barsoomian: Ivan the Tolerable: the neurotoxic trees whose sting burns affected areas for up to SIX MONTHS

Interesting. Tell me more.


http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/20 09 /06/gympie-gympie-once-stung,-never-forgotten/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrocnide_moroides

Not sure which one we saw, but the fact that it is a multiple-choice question as to which kind of tree is trying to kill you just brings home the point that much better.
Apparently, the being-burned-by-acid feeling can go away after several weeks, unless your skin comes in contact with water, then it starts right back up again. So, no bathing for six months. Wonderful.

/Also, was serious about Mount Sorrow, and it really is right off Point Tribulation and Weary Bay (not to be confused with Misery Bay, further South).
//Either the early settlers were all in Emo bands, or the land really was trying to kill them all.
 
2014-05-08 01:50:43 PM  

Shazam999: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

A better way to compare "livable" is via price level.  Australia's is 142 compared to the US.  That means on average you'll pay 42% more for goods and services in Australia than the US.  So that $16 doesn't look so hot anymore.


Considering we live in a global economy, that extra money has to be going  somewhere.  Such as... (comparatively) cheaper imported manufactured goods and nationalized healthcare?
 
2014-05-08 01:55:08 PM  

Shazam999: Alonjar: Shazam999: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

A better way to compare "livable" is via price level.  Australia's is 142 compared to the US.  That means on average you'll pay 42% more for goods and services in Australia than the US.  So that $16 doesn't look so hot anymore.

Well, I guess by that gauge China is a paradise on earth.

The Chinese minimum wage is $16/hr?



You're a little bit on the slow side, eh?
 
2014-05-08 01:55:35 PM  

kjohn33407: Shazam999: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

A better way to compare "livable" is via price level.  Australia's is 142 compared to the US.  That means on average you'll pay 42% more for goods and services in Australia than the US.  So that $16 doesn't look so hot anymore.

Considering we live in a global economy, that extra money has to be going  somewhere.  Such as... (comparatively) cheaper imported manufactured goods and nationalized healthcare?


Their price level is higher, so their imported goods probably cost more than what you paid.

Americans pay for health care last time I checked, so that's part of the price level.  Whether you pay privately, insurance or via taxes it's coming out of wages.

Am I the only person Fark that took second-year economics?
 
2014-05-08 01:56:41 PM  

Alonjar: Shazam999: Alonjar: Shazam999: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

A better way to compare "livable" is via price level.  Australia's is 142 compared to the US.  That means on average you'll pay 42% more for goods and services in Australia than the US.  So that $16 doesn't look so hot anymore.

Well, I guess by that gauge China is a paradise on earth.

The Chinese minimum wage is $16/hr?


You're a little bit on the slow side, eh?


You literally have no idea what you're talking about.  I realize I'm making you think about more than one thing at once, so it's no wonder your brain has broken.
 
2014-05-08 02:20:05 PM  

Shazam999: Their price level is higher, so their imported goods probably cost more than what you paid.

Americans pay for health care last time I checked, so that's part of the price level.  Whether you pay privately, insurance or via taxes it's coming out of wages.

Am I the only person Fark that took second-year economics?


If you're a low wage worker, you dont have health coverage at all... so no, it isnt built into the price level.

Basically low wage workers in Australia make 110% more than Americans while receiving full coverage health care, but have to pay 42% more for other goods.  Sounds like a good deal for low wage workers, and a happy society as a whole.

But hey, we're American right?  So fark those people... I gots mines... and I dont have to mow my own lawn, so wooo hoo!
 
2014-05-08 02:34:44 PM  
Ignorance is bliss and you won`t find many people more ignorant than an australian.
 
2014-05-08 02:35:02 PM  

Shazam999: Am I the only person Fark that took second-year economics?


...ut oh... college boy been usin them thar fancy words again.  YOU THINK YER BETTER THAN ME?!

/Income inequality... how does it work?
 
2014-05-08 02:51:00 PM  

Shazam999: kjohn33407: Shazam999: Alonjar: I'm sure it doesnt hurt that everybody in Australia makes a living wage (minimum wage is like $16 USD).

A better way to compare "livable" is via price level.  Australia's is 142 compared to the US.  That means on average you'll pay 42% more for goods and services in Australia than the US.  So that $16 doesn't look so hot anymore.

Considering we live in a global economy, that extra money has to be going  somewhere.  Such as... (comparatively) cheaper imported manufactured goods and nationalized healthcare?

Their price level is higher, so their imported goods probably cost more than what you paid.

Americans pay for health care last time I checked, so that's part of the price level.  Whether you pay privately, insurance or via taxes it's coming out of wages.

Am I the only person Fark that took second-year economics?


Probably not, but you seem to be rare in that you do not have the common delusion that `things paid for by the government are free and have no cost at all to anyone` and instead realise that everything is paid out of your wages, either directly or through taxation. This is why universal healthcare free at point of delivery is good and the way the USA currently does it is bad.

You don`t need to have done economics (I haven`t), just have the ability to think past the immediate facade presented by the media...

My GF used to live in Oz and she always rates their healthcare system highly (but slates the small minded racists who live there). Much better than the NHS, more comparable to Spain she says.
 
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