Countries ranked by quality of life

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What is your recipe for a better life?

Money is important, but it isn’t everything. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development created the Your Better Life Index to compare the quality of life as well as economic prowess of its 34 member countries. The index measures each country using 11 different lines, including income, employment, health, education, environmental quality, and its citizens’ opinions about life satisfaction, work-life balance, and a sense of community. Because people have different priorities, the OECD index allows them to rank countries according to their own values. The United States remains at the top for income and wealth, but it lags behind as a place to live a long and happy life. National Journal


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Colleges obsess over national rankings, not students


A senior administrator at Claremont McKenna resigned after acknowledging he falsified college entrance exam scores for years to rankings publications such as US News.

Nearly 30 years ago, US News & World Report debuted its list of “America’s Best Colleges”.  The magazine hoped its college rankings would be a game-changer for students and families.  But instead they have had a much bigger affect on colleges themselves.

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The Most Polluted Cities in the United States


Yay for Los Angeles! The City of Angels no longer holds the dubious title of the Sootiest City in the United States. That honor is now held by Pittsburgh (though LA is still the most polluted by other measures).The American Lung Association’s State of The Air 2008 report ranked metropolitan areas according to their ozone, year round and short-term particle pollution.

The most polluted cities, according to the short-term particle pollution measure are:

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2008 International Broadband Rankings

2008 International Broadband Rankings

The US finds itself in at an unremarkable 15th place

The US broadband policy environment is characterized on the one hand by market fundamentalists who see little or no role for government, and see government as the problem; and on the other by digital populists who favor a vastly expanded role for government (including government ownership of networks and strict and comprehensive regulation, including mandatory unbundling of incumbent networks and strict net neutrality regulations) and who see big corporations providing broadband as a problem.

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