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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

HOW TO APPEAR TO BE REALLY SMART

While you don't want to gain a reputation as a know-it-all, you can now and then impress people if you occasionally just blurb out something like:
  • According to the United Nations, the happiest people live in:
    • #1     Norway
    • #2     Denmark
    • #3     Iceland 
    • #4     Switzerland
    • #5     Finland



    • But do you really want to live in all those cold countries?
    • The USA is #14, with
      • Singapore #26
      • European Union #42.5
      • Russia #49
      • Japan #51
      • South Korea #56
      • Hong Kong #71
      • World #76.5
      • China #79
      • Vietnam #94
      • India #122
      • Central African Republic #155
  •  The Economist rates cities with the highest cost of living:
    • #1   Singapore
    • #2   Hong Kong
    • #3   Zurich
    • #4   Tokyo
    • #5   Osaka
    • #6   Seoul
    • #7   Geneva
    • #8   Paris
    • #9   New York City
  • The International Housing Affordability Survey shows that the city with the highest cost of living (divide median home price by the median family income) in North America is Vancouver (17.3).  Some others:
    • San Francisco  13.8
    • Boston  10.0
    • San Diego  8.3
    • Mexico City  6.1
    • Chicago  5.9
    • Montreal  4.2
    • Detroit 1.8
  • Worried about earthquakes?  Avoid living in:
    • #1   Tokyo
    • #2   Jakarta
    • #3   Manila (and also from typhoons and volcanoes--but Mt. Mayon is almost 300 miles away)
    • #4   Los Angeles and San Francisco (San Andreas Fault)
      • last quaked in 1857 and average time between is about 100-150 years
      • thus, anytime from 1957 to 2027
    • #5   Osaka
  • The four worst earthquakes with respect to property damage (inflation adjusted)
  • If you live in the USA, the 620-mile Cascadia Subduction Zone:
    • along the Pacific Coast, 40-80 miles off the coast of Oregon and Washington
    • last generated a 9.2 magnitude earthquake on 26January1700
    • sending tsunami impacts up to 10 feet in Japan  
    • there have been seven 9.0 earthquakes over the past 3500 years, but including magnitude 8 tremors, the frequency is 270 years.
    • 270 years after 1700 is 1990
  • The Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920) is blamed for high shipping rates to Hawaii.  That was nearly a century ago.  The culprit was Senator Wesley Jones of the State of Washington.  I'll need to look into this irrationality sometime soon.  I can understand something like 50% higher, but more than 1000%?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average again broke its all-time record today, up 41 to 26,152.  Makes sense, for Chief Investigator Robert Mueller appears to be homing in on President Donald Trump.  The more Trump tweets that there is no Russian collusion and how he would love to talk to Mueller, the more certain that Mueller has found something truly serious...and the higher goes the Dow Jones.

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