Daily Archives: September 11, 2010

The Happy Planet Index

Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.

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Happy Al Qaeda Day!

This is Al Qaeda day because it is on this day nine years ago that Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization that had been doing battle with the US for some 8 years or so, finally won the War against the West, resoundingly defeating George Bush by successfully completing the most terrorizing event to have been carried out ever. To this day, the United States is little more than a deer caught fearfully in the headlights of Osama bin Laden’s Cadillac SUV as he drives about the desert playing with his guns and religion.

Sadly, the defeat was not so much a success of bin Laden, as it was a collapse of the will, strength, mind, and courage of our leader, George Bush, and the American People generally. We were crushed not as much because we were smitten by a great weapon, but rather, because we were very crushable. Our inherent weakness was the strongest weapon against us.
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