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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

World's happiest Countries? Left Leaning Social Democracies (Not USA); Becoming the 'Enemy'; Clean Air Would Save Millions, more (posted 05/12/09)

- Cleaner Air From Reduced Emissions Could Save Millions of Lives "Researchers predict that 100 million early deaths could be prevented by cutting global emissions by 50% by 2050 [of course fossil fuel corporations are trying to fight this by spreading doubt about the dangers of their actions, because it means less profits for them]"

- Becoming What We Seek to Destroy "We are morally no different from the psychopaths within the Taliban, who Afghans remember we empowered, funded and armed during the 10-year war with the Soviet Union. Acid thrown a girl's face or beheadings? Death delivered from the air or fields of shiny cluster bombs? This is the language of war. It is what we speak. It is what those we fight speak... We are the best recruiting weapon the Taliban possesses."

- Massacre Puts War Trauma Under the Spotlight "We know from repeated Congressional investigations and hearings that the military has knowingly sent soldiers with physical and mental health diagnoses and severe symptoms back to the war zones. In some cases, the service members killed themselves or others," he said.

More than 230 active soldiers, airmen and marines committed suicide last year - the highest military suicide statistic in nearly 30 years. In January, more U.S. soldiers killed themselves than died in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

In November 2006, a New York National Guardsman was arraigned in a military court on charges of murdering two officers in an explosion at one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces.

According to the non-partisan Rand Corporation, approximately 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, while another 320,000 have sustained a traumatic brain injury, physical brain damage often caused by roadside bombs and mortars."

World's Happiest Countries? Social Democracies
Published May 11 2009 at

A new report shows that happiness levels are highest in northern European countries, (social democracies that provide free healthcare, nationalized institutions to help prevent things like our economic meltdown, etc. Generally all the things that American republicans hate). Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands rated at the top of the list, ranking first, second and third, respectively.

The US? As expected, the United States failed to make the top 10 but ranked among the highest for obesity and child poverty.