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    I don't think its a good, objective survey, honestly. For example, Japan scored lower than Russia, I believe. Which is stupid. Japan health care is far superior to Russia, probably their education system also, among other things. Russia has way, way more problems than Japan.

    But, Japan has a democratic system, with a free an independent media, which can criticize the government and bring issues up for public discussion. Russia, on other hand, is a dictatorship, where the media is either directly controlled by the state, or by corporations owned by the state (Gazprom Media), or oligarchs loyal to the state. Citizens get only propaganda glorifying the state and its supreme leader. Issues are hidden from the public. Dissenting voices - suppressed. Most are drunk on the nationalist cool aid and crazed by Putin's personality cult. Of course they will say they are "happy"...

    This kind of survey is no real, accurate measure of actual quality of life in a given country.

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    - True, I'm miserable, but you know what? My country invented the iPhone!

    - Cool story, bro.
    Didn't Finland invent the iPhone? They're no. 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    You know what the whole top ten have in common? None of them are powerful, influential, countries.

    None of the top ten are really cultural drivers. They don't "lead" in business or art or military or diplomacy.

    They are the places that put the utmost emphasis on social achievements. Not financial or technological ones. They do not have a focus on a few achieving greatness. Instead, they have the highest number of people achieving average.

    They are "middle class" countries.

    I don't know if I like this list or not.
    Whats the point in always trying to be a star? How about some realism and just try to live, to prosper, to be happy......and btw, no one really "leads" in those things, its always many that contribute. I also wouldnt say that having such a huge war machine is a good thing, its wasteful and a bad sign when we put so much into military but squawk about how much it costs to heal people or improve their lives....
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    Happiness is very subjective.

    To me, it means being able to embrace my flaws and, eventually, correct myself in due time.

    It means living in an environment where peer pressure isn't always trying to convince me that I'm a failure compared to fucking Bill Gates.

    I could never be happy in Japan.

    Maybe in Russia, if they don't stare at me when I mix my vodka with fig juice.
    Last edited by Paris; 21st March 2017 at 11:18 PM.

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    Fig juice? Is that a thing?

    I've never heard of it. And with vodka you say?

    Now I'm less happy than 2 minutes ago because I don't have any fig juice.
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    I was talking last night with a Japanese lady who has been living in Melbourne for two years and is desperately trying to find some way to stay longer, and her reason is she doesn't want to go back to 13 hour workdays 6 days a week.

    She's unmarried at 30 so she can no longer get any job other than office clerk. And office work is 9 to 10, Monday to Saturday.

    She's like a refugee from a richer country to a happier one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Knuckles View Post
    Fig juice? Is that a thing?

    I've never heard of it. And with vodka you say?

    Now I'm less happy than 2 minutes ago because I don't have any fig juice.
    Of course you are.

    Vodka fig is the LATEST thing.

    There's a San Pellegrino mixed with fig & orange juice currently available in stores that will do the thing with added bubbles.

    You're welcome.
    Last edited by Paris; 22nd March 2017 at 07:55 AM.
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    Drinking age in BC is 19, but in Wash State is 21, so we get a lot of 19-20 year old "tourists" from the US on long weekends. About twice a year I see confused youths in the grocery store and I just wander over and say "Hi. Bad news. They can't sell liquor in grocery stores, and don't blame it on me but the liquor stores close on holidays. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Maybe you can get a beer at IKEA if you order food"
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    Drinking age in BC is 19, but in Wash State is 21, so we get a lot of 19-20 year old "tourists" from the US on long weekends. About twice a year I see confused youths in the grocery store and I just wander over and say "Hi. Bad news. They can't sell liquor in grocery stores, and don't blame it on me but the liquor stores close on holidays. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Maybe you can get a beer at IKEA if you order food"
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    Alcohol is an old companion of human kind..... For the best or the worse.....personally I taught my 4 children from the age of 14 to test wine. The outcome was very positive because as students they had a knowledge of what good wine is and they distate cheap and low quality wine. So they drank less but better.....

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