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    It’s official: New York City has been voted the unhappiest city in America according to a new working study released this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research titled, “ Unhappy Cities,” NBC reported.

    The study collected data in a Centers for Disease Control and Protection survey based on a questionnaire, asking those surveyed, “How satisfied are you with your life?” The results were then ranked and adjusted according to income, housing prices, age, sex and race.

    New York took the crown as the most miserable metropolitan area with a population over one million followed by Pittsburgh, Louisville, Milwaukee and Detroit.

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    The United States Army War College determined in a preliminary review on Thursday that Senator John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master’s degree from the institution, and it sent a letter to the senator instructing him that an investigative panel will meet next month to conclusively assess any culpability.

    “It’s clear there is indeed strong reason to believe this is plagiarism,” said the War College’s provost, Lance Betros, a retired brigadier general. “We are initiating academic review procedures.”

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    West Melbourne police arrested Julius Lupowitz, who now faces up to five years in prison in addition to a $209 speeding fine, reports FOX19.

    According to police, Lupowitz made the fake emergency call while West Melbourne police officer Ted Salem had his back turned as he was writing up a speeding ticket. Police say the man was  hoping the officer would abandon writing  the ticket in order to respond to the emergency.

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  •  Note to John Walsh (1+ / 0-)
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    When you find yourself in a whole, stop digging. What a jackass. You just lost your Senate seat.

    You best believe it does

    by HangsLeft on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:09:18 PM PDT

    •  Or a hole.... (0+ / 0-)


      You best believe it does

      by HangsLeft on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:10:03 PM PDT

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    •  Well, the best that can be said is (1+ / 0-)
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      we were not going to hold this seat anyhow. Walsh was down 17% average of recent polls.

      Still, very sad. And his attempt to blame it on PTSD is not going to wash.

      Mark E. Miller // Kalamazoo Township Trustee // MI 6th District Democratic Chair

      by memiller on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:21:27 PM PDT

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    •  I'm amazed that he needed to plagiarize 14 (3+ / 0-)
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      wtf. I wrote a 300+ page thesis for my Masters. I guess I should have went to the War College.

    •  Irresponsible Asshole (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades

      He didn't have to be the one to be appointed to that seat to lose it in the next regular election. He could have let someone else who didn't have that easily found skeleton in his closet set up to be the next senator. Or declined to run for Senate, giving someone else the shot who he endorsed, while making an excuse that improved his credibility as endorser but didn't make him a target for a hunt for plagiarism or other skeletons.

      He's a selfish cheater who quite possibly just let the Senate flip to the Republicans.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:40:24 PM PDT

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      •  Like others with clout, I suspect he believed... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...nobody would find this out. His professors obviously didn't— although it's hard to believe they were trying—so he must have thought in his rookie-politician way that there was no reason to worry about opposition researchers.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 02:54:40 PM PDT

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        •  Unaccountable Senators (1+ / 0-)
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          I expect he also thought that becoming senator meant he wouldn't be accountable for his transgressions. Because that is indeed what it generally means. He just thought he was home free. He didn't expect his polls would have him down 17% by this point. And if he did blow it, well he had entered the world's most exclusive publicly known club, so he was probably still home free anyway from his past transgressions.

          Mitt Romney certainly got that kind of consolation prize for losing another presidential race. He was guilty of hiding tax evasions in Switzerland despite the amnesty. And guilty of whatever he hid in the tax returns he refused to disclose - which might not have been the Swiss evasion. But now he'll never be held accountable for that - "appearance of a witch hunt", plus just entering an even more exclusive club with even more powerful members.

          All of this teflon for all of these cheaters, crooks and worse makes it difficult for me to resent Republicans impeaching Obama, or Clinton. At least something is a shadow over the power of these executives. What would make me feel better is if an opposition government always started impeachment immediately upon an inauguration, but had to show actual evidence to bring it before a House committee. I'd feel vastly better if Democrats had impeached Bush/Cheney (Cheney first, a la Agnew), but that doesn't mean I'm partisan in disclaiming impeachment.

          At least in Walsh's case the competitive nature of campaigning is actually working on a legitimate scandal.

          "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

          by DocGonzo on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 03:53:00 PM PDT

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  •  ESPN jerk (0+ / 0-)

    Says women need to take responsibility for making men hit them.

  •  Oil and gas industry says anti-frackers.... (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, CWinebrinner

    are flat-earthers in offensive ad in Colorado. This should help their cause....

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

    by Magster on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:14:24 PM PDT

    •  Saw in youtube comments.... (0+ / 0-)

      No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

      by Magster on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:21:45 PM PDT

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      •  Guess the frackers don't like the heat.... (0+ / 0-)

        No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

        by Magster on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:23:36 PM PDT

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        •  angry shouting people at night can be scary (0+ / 0-)

          even with police present. A year ago I heard an interview with a middle aged woman who does public relations for Encana on CPR, she faced a similar bunch of people without police, and more than 200 people, it was a City of Boulder event.

          Shouting and intimidation are not a good way to convince people. For new comers it might be different, but for many who have been here a while, mobs of people shouting at night is detrimental to any cause. Science and the courts are where such things should be dealt with. Colorado courts just handed down a summary judgement on City of Longmont.

          I live in a heavily fracked area just E of the Boulder/Weld line. There was a drilling derrick 300 yards from my kid's primary school. Air quality monitors set up at the school at that time showed spikes in emissions exactly coinciding with when people picked up their kids. Other than that we've no issues with fracking, water here sucks, always has.

          On the plus side we've cut our carbon emissions by replacing coal with less polluting natural gas.

          “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

          by ban nock on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:48:58 PM PDT

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  •  9 of the happiest cities are southern (1+ / 0-)
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    and 8 of the unhappiest are northern.


    … the NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), said August 23.

    by mosesfreeman on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:16:00 PM PDT

    •  The CDC Is Southern (0+ / 0-)

      How much confirmation bias is this study run by the Atlanta based CDC? They certainly are making a bad equation of "satisfied" with "happy". I'm pretty happy when I walk into Disneyworld, but I'm far from satisfied before I even get on the first ride. NYC is a lot more like Disneyworld than it is like most other cities.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:37:38 PM PDT

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  •  Congress screws up everything (4+ / 0-)
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    Even Wikipedia

    Wikipedia administrators have imposed a ban on page edits from computers at the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing".

    A drowning man can not learn to swim. -- Chris Lonsdale

    by Rikon Snow on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:20:03 PM PDT

  •  Miserable cities (2+ / 0-)
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    It seems to me that the CDC, whose study underpins the data reported by Salon took what's known as the "New York Hello," the litany of complaints that generally results when you ask a New Yorker how he or she is, seriously (it's really a competitive thing). I'd rather live in New York City, or Pittsburgh, or Louisville, than in some of the "happier" cities (this, however is not to cast aspersions on anyplace; it's probably because I know those three cities better than I know any of the places in Virginia)

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:21:36 PM PDT

  •  Dan Pfeiffer's comment about the House (0+ / 0-)

    possibly impeaching Obama got a lot of attention.

    But the context didnt, he said it could happen after Obama unveils his immigration proposals. There was a story yesterday, I think in TIME, about how Obama is likely to go big on an immigration executive order and it will come before the midterms.

    Will be interesting to see when it happens, the substance, and the political reaction.

  •  Army war college reviews Walsh? (1+ / 0-)
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    Gee, what a great idea.

    Where was his committee? Why were they sleeping on the job? If you don't have an advanced degree, you may not know that the thesis for the advanced degree seldom is a ground-breaking document. However, it IS a document which demonstrates that you can do scholarly work. To do this, it is performed under the supervision of the Masters/Doctoral Committee. Each member must read the document. Each member must sign a paper stating that the document is acceptable to him/her.

    If they signed that document stating the acceptability, they are equally culpable. Was Mr. Walsh properly instructed in the meaning of "plagarism"? Were adequate contemporary tools of plagarism detection ("Turn it in" and so forth) used to check the document? Will the Masters Committee Chair be questioned about this?

    •  Funny Excuse (0+ / 0-)

      If Walsh copied a quarter of his dissertation as alleged, he's guilty of what we all heard he did. Maybe his review board was incompetent, but that doesn't lift the blame off him. He didn't need to be taught what "plagiarism" is. If he copied/pasted in an advanced degree programme and didn't know that's plagiarism, the public is right to question trusting him with the power of a Senate seat.

      There might be a scandal here at the Army War College, granting degrees to plagiarists. But I'm not so sure that's what you're really interested in seeing exposed, if it doesn't protect Walsh from the consequences of cheating - which it shouldn't.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:35:12 PM PDT

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      •  Colleges and universities are VERY clear (1+ / 0-)
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        on what constitutes plagiarism, and if you sleep through that during orientation the same information is repeated in the style manuals that you are required to use (usually Chicago or APA in graduate school).  Walsh has no excuse for this.  None.

        This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

        by Ellid on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 03:00:51 PM PDT

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  •  also including rural areas same report here (0+ / 0-)

    I've lived in or close to the central city area in 3 large US cities, they are stressful.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:29:15 PM PDT

  •  Unhappiest cities WHAT?! (3+ / 0-)
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    Nonononono.  There's something wrong with this list.  The happiest places don't look happy to me.  They look conservative.  

    Washington DC a happy place?  Really?  Maybe if you have white shoes and a seersucker suit.  And Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon counties?  Maybe for golf and imperialist antiques.  And how do just any three counties figure into this study anyway?

    New York can suck.  But if you succeed in getting the rent paid, you can have the most fun for the least amount of money anywhere.  You have to know where and when to get it.  You can't beat the art and music scene.  The crime is relatively low, depending upon the neighborhood.  But the golfing does suck there.

  •  NYC (1+ / 0-)
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    We are not miserable --- just miserably neurotic ... LOL

  •  Happy vs Satisfied (1+ / 0-)
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    That survey equates happiness with satisfaction. Well, in NYC one can be very happy, and yet know that even more happiness can be had, so not satisfied. This is not true everywhere - at least the kinds of happiness that can be had through career success or spending money.

    And then there are the people who are satisfied only when they're miserable. Not only have I known far too many of them, but I've known far too many in NYC.

    NYC might even be the unhappiest city. It's probably among the -iest cities, regardless of the adjective. But it's a huge city. There are probably more happy people in it than there are entire populations in most cities and towns in America.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:35:55 PM PDT

    •  I'm not convinced by those (1+ / 0-)
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      metrics, especially the idea that housing costs are "low." Ask residents unhappy cities if housing costs are low, they'll tell you otherwise.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:53:53 PM PDT

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  •  These Happiest/Miserable/Stupidest/Horniest... (2+ / 0-)
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    Ellid, i saw an old tree today

    cities polls come out every two weeks. All you have to do is peruse Huffington Post and get past the Miley Cyrus side-boob articles or Salon and what ever grand end to something they are proclaiming to find one of these.
    And the results are always different. These polls are just plain stupid and meaningless. But they generate ad clicks.

    •  it was from the CDC, the govt agency we employ (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades

      to study such things as they pertain to mental health.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:59:09 PM PDT

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      •  Still and always a bad survey question. (0+ / 0-)

        I assume they can't get rid of it because that's the way they've been asking it and they don't want to lose the longitudinal data.

        And yes, I've developed and administered surveys.

        Help us to save free conscience from the paw Of hireling wolves whose gospel is their maw. ~John Donne

        by ohiolibrarian on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 02:42:10 PM PDT

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  •  Anyone have a clue HOW (0+ / 0-)

    to unsubscribe to the emails?  I can't count how many times I've tried with the unsubscribe link and yet I keep getting them.  sigh.

    "Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress Chris Christie. But I repeat myself." ~ Mark Twain, (with a twist) ;o)

    by Terre on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 12:51:10 PM PDT

  •  Get rid of tactical nukes in Europe. (1+ / 0-)
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    According to Barry Blechman and Russell Rumbaugh in "Bombs Away; The Case for Phasing Out U.S. Tactical Nukes in Europe" at*, phasing out tactical nuclear weapons currently deployed by the U.S. in NATO countries would save billions of bucks without changing the balance of power anywhere.

    * You'll need to register at Foreign Affairs for free access to this article.

    Play chess for the Kossacks on Join the site, then the group at

    by rhutcheson on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:04:12 PM PDT

  •  bile from the little voice in the stomach (2+ / 0-)
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    ESPN commentator: Women should take responsibility for “provocation” when they are assaulted
    "The elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them," ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said Friday

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:28:04 PM PDT

  •  yeah "happiness" indexes.... very quntifiable (0+ / 0-)
    10 Happiest Metropolitan Areas With a Population Greater Than 1 Million

    1. Richmond-Petersburg, VA
    2. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA
    3. Washington, DC
    4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
    5. Atlanta, GA
    6. Houston, TX
    7. Jacksonville, FL
    8. Nashville, TN
    9. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL
    10. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ

    10 Unhappiest Metropolitan Areas With a Population Greater Than 1 Million

    1. New York, NY
    2. Pittsburgh, PA
    3. Louisville, KY
    4. Milwaukee, WI
    5. Detroit, MI
    6. Indianapolis, IN
    7. St. Louis, MO
    8. Las Vegas, NV
    9. Buffalo, NY
    10. Philadelphia, PA

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "If we appear to seek the unattainable, then let it be known that we do so to avoid the unimaginable." (@eState4Column5)

    by annieli on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 01:30:23 PM PDT

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