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Mapping the Nations Well-Being or Why Are People in Wyoming So Damn Happy?

8 Mar

The New York Times has an interactive map of the results of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey.  I get why the people in Hawaii are so happy.  They live in Hawaii.  It’s beautiful, no snow, free healthcare, also, fresh pineapple all the time.   (That last one would be enough for me.)

But, Wyoming?  Why?  It’s not pretty, there’s a lot of snow, I’m pretty sure that their healthcare isn’t all that great, and I bet they don’t get to eat a lot of pineapple.  (Or mangoes…)  But, apparently they’re happy.  Way happier than Ohio anyway.  (We’re clearly in the not so happy group.)

So, explore your (house district’s) happiness or misery according to a number of factors (none of which involved questions about pineapples or mangoes, sadly) at the NY Times.  Played with the map to your heart’s content and still can’t figure out why the people in Wyoming are happy?  Go directly to the source; Gallup will give you more stats than you ever wanted to know.

In New York City’s war on crime, the worst criminal defendants are asked to pull their pants up

8 Mar

“So okay, I don't want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don't get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair - ew - and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we're expected to swoon? I don't think so.”

… these are their stories.

Today’s New York Daily News has an article called “Court officers scold defendants: ‘Pull up your pants, or get out of court!‘”.  (Personally, I think my title is much more compelling.)  The article (which is basically a compilation of quotes from teenagers saying “leave me alone, old man, I can’t do what I want” and court officers and elected officials saying “young whippersnappers dress like hooligans” and presumably thinking “they couldn’t walk uphill in the snow both ways like I used to with their pants like that” – obviously I’ve taken a bit of artistic license with the quotes…), is not nearly as interesting as the comments.

As often comes up in the discussion of baggy pants, one of the commenters mentioned that they’re an emulation of prison culture (maybe originally, but I’m really doubting that that’s a conscious influence on most kids).  Strangely, no one responded by saying that, no matter how far removed, it’s probably not a good thing to reference prison culture when you’re in front of a judge on criminal charges.  Just saying, it might be worth considering…

When one commenter on Jezebel expressed concern that this policy would disproportionately effect people of low socio-economic class, another responded, “It’s targeted at a group of people who voluntarily show their underwear and happen to be of a lower socio-economic class. The fact is, being poor doesn’t mean your butt has to stick out of your pants, it’s just somehow supposed to be more acceptable or something.”   (Link to Jezebel’s article (and comments) is here.)

This calls for a mash up of Law and Order and “Pants on the Ground“.  Preferably with L&O intro autotuned.

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