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A new report from the United Nations shows that Norway has overtaken Denmark as the world’s happiest nation. The study was performed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which was launched by the United Nations in 2012.

“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,” Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, said in an interview.

The United States dropped to 14th this year from 13th last year. Sachs said the United States is falling in the ranking due to inequality, distrust and corruption. Economic measures that the administration of President Donald Trump is trying to pursue, he added, will make things worse.

US Senator Bernie Sanders had a lot to say about these issues.

“Norway,” he wrote, “is now the happiest country on earth followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden, according to the United Nations. Meanwhile, the United States has moved down to 14th on the list. Why are the people in Norway so much happier than the U.S.? It’s not that complicated.

While hundreds of thousands of bright, young Americans don’t go to college because they cannot afford the cost, public college is tuition-free in Norway.

While the U.S. is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care as a right, Norway has a single-payer health care system that provides high-quality health care to all of its citizens at a far lower cost.

While the U.S. is the only major country that does not guarantee workers some type of paid sick leave, Norway guarantees 50 paid sick days.

The U.S. has the highest childhood poverty rate of nearly any major country on earth, while Norway has one of the lowest followed by Denmark and Finland.

As we strive to be a more just society, we must follow the examples of our brothers and sisters in other countries who have made better progress. What do you think?”

Click here for more on the story from Reuters.

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Brussels – In the latest blow to the European Commission’s laissez-faire approach to GM crops, 17 EU countries and four regions (in two other countries) banned the cultivation of GM poisons (known as crops) on their territories.

The 17 EU countries are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovenia. The four regional administrations are Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK, and Wallonia in Belgium. They notified the European Commission of their intention to ban GM crop cultivation under new EU rules [1].

This brings the total number of countries who have already declared their intention to put in place GM crop bans to 17 – plus four regions – representing over 65 per cent of the EU’s population and 65 per cent of its arable land.

The bans apply to the only GM crop currently approved for cultivation in Europe – Monsanto’s pesticide-producing GM maize, known as MON810 – but also to the seven GM crops awaiting approval by the Commission. These are all unhealthy GM maizes.

Nine EU countries (Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg and Poland) had previously banned cultivation of MON810 under so-called safeguard clauses.

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GMOs and the Government of Denmark

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From US Uncut:

Comments from the US Uncut Website:

“This is why we must stop Obama from turning America into a communist country! How in God’s name are CEO’s supposed to make obscene salaries if average workers like you and I are paid fair wages?”

“This comparison is so skewed. Yeah they make more in Denmark, but most things are more expensive (relative to the US). What happens when you bump minimum wage to 15? Salaries for other “more skilled” jobs will have to increase, costs of goods will increase, etc. until the buying power of the “new” $15/hr minimum wage employee will be the same prior to the bump. What then- $40/hr minimum wage? Pay should correspond to the skill set of the job. Don’t like your pay level, enhance your skill set to get a better paying job.”

Counterpoint to the above comment, and it is from Steve Ruis, “What happens when you bump minimum wage to 15? Salaries for other “more skilled” jobs will have to increase …” Is this person saying that the salaries of other workers is pegged to the minimum wage? Is he saying that the “richer” employees aren’t making $15/hr. It has been shown that the cost of paying McDonald’s workers a $15/hr wage involves a ten cent hike in their menu, similar to Papa Johns pizza. So, they are willing to raise prices to increase profits but not to increase their worker’s wages? And how about the last 10 times they raised prices and did not share it with their employees? It is “catch up” time.

There’s another good point to be made.

Somehow, Burger King can afford to pay $20 an hour in Denmark as a minimum wage, but somehow it cannot do so in the United States? There’s something wrong with this. If Burger King can afford to pay $20 an hour over there, why not here?

Somebody contradict my point with something other than a Republican talking point. In words, use logic.

The first comment has come in from Chicago below. However, I think it’s is worth making it a part of this story. The comment is from Steve Ruis, and it’s been bolden.

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The difference between Denmark and the USA is simple. In Denmark, the government is relatively honest; in the USA government is corrupt to the max at nearly all levels.

The Reagan tax cuts gave the rich enough money to spend on buying more and more politicians. Legislators began passing bills in the halls of congress to redistribute income from the 99 to the 1  percent, such as deregulation of energy markets, deregulation of the banking industry, privatization scams, the repeal of Glass-Steagal which allowed investment and commercial banks to merge, free trade treaties, and much more, and all of which redistributed massive amounts of income from the 99 to the 1 percent. The corrupt US corporate press continuously lied to the 99 percent about the effects of these things. Additional tax cuts increased the purchasing power of the 1 percent in the political markets on all levels of government, thereby increasing corruption.

And there is not one morsel of evidence to suggest tax cuts for the rich created a single net job during the last thirty years. However, all the evidence shows these tax cuts were used to cut jobs and wages via the corruption outlined above. In other words, all the evidence shows that tax cuts for the rich destroys jobs and corrupts government.

Also see how the rich maintain their riches via the Federal Reserve and a corrupt US government and a corrupt US corporate press via the link below.

breakdown-of-the-26-trillion-the-federal-reserve-handed-out-to-save-rich-incompetent-investors-but-who-purchase-political-power–JohnHively.wordpress.com

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People below demonstrate against US multinational investment banking firm Goldman Sachs buying into the National Danish electricity supplier DONG in front of the Danish Parliament on January 29, 2014. (AFP Photo / Jeppe Bjoern Vejloe)

“Today, banks like Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs own oil tankers, run airports and control huge quantities of coal, natural gas, heating oil, electric power and precious metals. They likewise can now be found exerting direct control over the supply of a whole galaxy of raw materials crucial to world industry and to society in general, including everything from food products to metals like zinc, copper, tin, nickel and, most infamously thanks to a recent high-profile scandal, aluminum. And they’re doing it not just here but abroad as well: In Denmark, thousands took to the streets in protest in recent weeks, vampire-squid banners in hand, when news came out that Goldman Sachs was about to buy a 19 percent stake in Dong Energy, a national electric provider. The furor inspired mass resignations of ministers from the government’s ruling coalition, as the Danish public wondered how an American investment bank could possibly hold so much influence over the state energy grid.”

Here’s how corrupt the process is; Goldman Sachs may not have been the highest bidder for the electricity company. How can that be?

And here’s something to ponder; then President Bill Clinton signed this legislation to redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent. If Hilliary Clinton becomes president, expect her to do more of the same. Of course, President Mitt Romney would be at least as bad.

Click the link below to see how investment banks were enabled to become owners and manipulators of industry.

The Vampire Squid Strikes Again–Rolling Stone Magazine

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt addresses the media after the Socialist People’s Party quit the government over the controversial sale of a stake in state-controlled energy group DONG to Goldman Sachs. (AFP Photo / Keld Navntoft)

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