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numan January 24th, 2018 12:32 PM

Canada ranked second-best country in the world
 
Canada ranked second-best country in the world

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In news that will not come as a surprise to anyone living in the Great White North, a new survey listed Canada is the second-best country in the world for the third year in a row, sitting behind one European country.

Switzerland took the top spot, while the United Kingdom came in fourth. The United States took the eight spot, down from seven the year prior.

The survey was prepared by U.S. News and World Report, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and BAV consulting.

More than 21,000 people from 80 countries took part in the survey, which ranked nations on 24 categories, including: affordability, job market, economic stability, family-friendliness, income equality, and quality of life. Canada earned the Number 1 spot for that category. Canada was ranked as having the best quality of life overall.
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Ralph47 January 24th, 2018 12:55 PM

I'm sure Liechtenstein is quite wonderful, but NOBODY would want to live there! (much less relocate there).

https://media1.tenor.com/images/1f8b...itemid=4685313

mcstites January 24th, 2018 01:02 PM

Interesting, but hardly the last word on anything. Even though Canada was rated second overall, they were only in the top five in only two categories while the US was in the top five in three categories. As a tourist destination, I would have put New Zealand first and they were only rated.thirteenth overall. It depends more on individual interest than on some kind of net score.

Another interesting point. There are nine categories rated. If you take Canada's ratings for all nine categories and average them, you get 14.7, which is lower than the overall US rating.

All of this just shows the uselessness of such surveys.

Iolo January 25th, 2018 04:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Ralph47 (Post 74846)
I'm sure Liechtenstein is quite wonderful, but NOBODY would want to live there! (much less relocate there).

https://media1.tenor.com/images/1f8b...itemid=4685313

Why not? Compared with the 'States I'm sure it is Heaven. No Trump - or, come to think of it, Ralph.

mcstites January 25th, 2018 04:51 AM

There is a lot of hypocrisy in such ratings. They are deciding that this country is better than that country based on some fairly arbitrary criteria. Yet Trump is criticized for allegedly saying some African countries are s...holes.

The African countries are rated much lower by this survey. If the US is not worth living in with an eighth place ratings, those African countries must really be terrible.

Ralph47 January 25th, 2018 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by mcstites (Post 74876)
There is a lot of hypocrisy in such ratings. They are deciding that this country is better than that country based on some fairly arbitrary criteria. Yet Trump is criticized for allegedly saying some African countries are s...holes.

The African countries are rated much lower by this survey. If the US is not worth living in with an eighth place ratings, those African countries must really be terrible.

http://hot-listings.info/wp-content/...mean-ideas.jpg

Iolo January 25th, 2018 05:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Ralph47 (Post 74880)

Give up exploiting them, then you can live there - if anyone will have you.

Ralph47 January 25th, 2018 05:58 AM

THIS says it all:

https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qim...b953c31baaa268

mcstites January 25th, 2018 06:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Iolo (Post 74881)
Give up exploiting them, then you can live there - if anyone will have you.

You mean by selling us less expensive goods than we can produce? I would say the solution is to lower the cost of producing goods in the US so that we would no longer be exploiting them. Maybe by lowering the taxes on corporations.

Fitz January 25th, 2018 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by mcstites (Post 74883)
Maybe by lowering the taxes on corporations

All that does is increase profits ergo increases shareholder dividends I would seriously doubt its passed back to the consumer. I think the US is going to have some issues with wage inflation very soon which may well impact on pricing etc. Is union bargaining power still strong in the US?

Ralph47 January 25th, 2018 06:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Fitz (Post 74885)
All that does is increase profits ergo increases shareholder dividends I would seriously doubt its passed back to the consumer.

https://i.imgflip.com/1dxet4.jpg

They often put a LOT of money back into the company to expand, modernize, and hire to become even more competitive - hello?! :smug:

Fitz January 25th, 2018 07:24 AM

ermm...hello to you too...
If you have a large share capital on the exchange and you are given a stack load of money what would you do with it?

Ralph47 January 25th, 2018 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Fitz (Post 74890)
ermm...hello to you too...
If you have a large share capital on the exchange and you are given a stack load of money what would you do with it?

If I had a company I would at least looking into reinvesting it into my business. :smug:

Fitz January 25th, 2018 07:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Ralph47 (Post 74892)
If I had a company I would at least looking into reinvesting it into my business. :smug:

You can do that anyway the cost of capital in the financial markets is so cheap. If you have the majority of your corporate equity in the open markets and ALL you competitors have an equal access to that equity wouldn't you want to buy back your stock to protect your company from a raider?

mcstites January 25th, 2018 07:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Fitz (Post 74885)
All that does is increase profits ergo increases shareholder dividends I would seriously doubt its passed back to the consumer. I think the US is going to have some issues with wage inflation very soon which may well impact on pricing etc. Is union bargaining power still strong in the US?

Corporation taxes are an expense item. There are a number of things they can do when the taxes (expenses) are lowered. They can increase the pay for employees as a number of corporations have done. They can lower the price of the products, which I believe most will end up doing because of competition. Or they can increase the profits for the stockholders or put the money back into the corporation.. I do not have a problem with any of those options because I believe that ultimately they will benefit the economy of the US and me.

Ralph47 January 25th, 2018 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Fitz (Post 74894)
You can do that anyway the cost of capital in the financial markets is so cheap. If you have the majority of your corporate equity in the open markets and ALL you competitors have an equal access to that equity wouldn't you want to buy back your stock to protect your company from a raider?

I'm not paranoid. :D

https://media1.tenor.com/images/7296...itemid=4578356

numan January 27th, 2018 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Fitz (Post 74885)
Is union bargaining power still strong in the US?

NO!!!

That is a big part of the problem. Ever since Truman came in, there has been a relentless drive by the oligarchs to destroy unions and turn workers in wage slaves.
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mcstites January 28th, 2018 03:21 AM

numan, I am glad you endorsed this survey. You look upon the US as a shithole. Yet in this survey, which you endorsed, we are rated number eight. Eight, on the world stage is pretty darn good. The survey lists only eighty of the countries in this world. Eight, puts us in the top ten percent.

Now lets look at those nations which are not much better than the US or even worse. Sweden and Australia are only marginally better at sixth and seventh. Ranked immediately below us are France, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Finland and Italy. I won't even mention those countries down near the eighty mark in the survey. They have to be really bad.

I am really glad you endorsed this survey, because I intend to throw it back at you at every opportunity.

numan January 30th, 2018 01:25 PM

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Originally Posted by mcstites (Post 74942)
I am really glad you endorsed this survey, because I intend to throw it back at you at every opportunity.

I am pleased that in your sunset years you have found a source of innocent merriment.

Perhaps it will distract you from the inevitable disasters coming from President Shithole.
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mcstites January 30th, 2018 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by numan (Post 74995)
I am pleased that in your sunset years you have found a source of innocent merriment.

Perhaps it will distract you from the inevitable disasters coming from President Shithole.
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I should probably remind you at this point that I did not vote for Trump or Hilary and did not believe either are worthy of my vote for president. However, other than his language, I have no serious disagreement with his actions so far. If and when I see these "inevitable" disasters, I will react accordingly.

However, I see you are your old self. You continue to provide no meaningful dialog, just insults.


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