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A few years ago I remember a young woman in (I think) North Carolina died just after she took a selfie of herself driving and posting it to Facebook.
A guy was killed a month or two ago taking a selfie with a bear. The idea seems dumb but a lot of cities are adding selfie #parks. It gets kind of annoying when you are trying to check places out and there are dozens of people all over it taking selfies.

And for Instagram people actually make their entire income from it by posting pictures, if you can accumulate enough followers you start getting offers.

Most famously the Kardashians, even the ex-boyfriend of one of them will get paid $20,000+ for one picture of him drinking something that a company sends him, it's crazy.
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Man.....that picture-of-oneself news story belong in the Ugly thread....good grief. The whole idea of going somewhere illicitly or not to just take a few photos is inane in this context...….I suppose common sense isn't a common factor in those decisions made following a viewing of social media.


I'm glad the animated series of Corner Gas is being produced, heck season two will be coming in a few months. I haven't watched it yet, but it might annoy me since I'm used to the original series. (Can't comment on Cardinal, have not heard of it...)
I watched the animated one, it was actually ok, i too thought it would annoy me but it was good.
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A little girl who became famous locally for raising money for cancer research through a lemonade stand passed away. Thousands attended her funeral at St. Kevin's Parish in the Goulds (farming suburb of St. John's) with classic cars (which she loved).





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Hordes of selfie seekers destroy popular sunflower farm





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I have to admit that my wife and I had thought about going there. She's a hobbyist photographer. She wanted to get some shots of sunflowers.

This was before the Instagram uproar. I've never knowingly been on that site, and I've only ever taken one or selfies in my life (fully clothed, of course).
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I can't believe the 'Millennials kill thing' stories are still happening.

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It looks like the author has written over a hundred of these articles. Her main staple is writing romance novels but it seems her peeve is with her daughter.
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Those articles just contribute to the volatility that is online media in this time. I have a great disdain for how blurred the lines are between actual media that's useful on a day to day basis, and this garish, click-bait, fluff that's not intellectually stimulating and just wasted your time and fogs your ideas/mind if you go too far down the rabbits hole.


By the way, is Justin Beiber still getting married? (To some model I guess)
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3 Canadian Cities in the top 10

The ten most liveable cities in 2018

The ten most liveable cities in 2018

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Calgary, Canada

5. Sydney, Australia

6. Vancouver, Canada

7. Tokyo, Japan

8. Toronto, Canada

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Adelaide, Australia

full article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-...ource=facebook
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Those articles just contribute to the volatility that is online media in this time. I have a great disdain for how blurred the lines are between actual media that's useful on a day to day basis, and this garish, click-bait, fluff that's not intellectually stimulating and just wasted your time and fogs your ideas/mind if you go too far down the rabbits hole.


By the way, is Justin Beiber still getting married? (To some model I guess)
he is marrying Stephen Baldwin's Daughter, which may be why Bieber has discovered Jesus and goes to church now

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Finally got around to seeing Come From Away in Toronto this past weekend - wow - what a fantastic show.

Sad to say but in the 16 years I've been here since moving from Ireland - I've never been to the East Coast - I need to rectify that sharpish
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3 Canadian Cities in the top 10

The ten most liveable cities in 2018

The ten most liveable cities in 2018

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Melbourne, Australia

3. Osaka, Japan

4. Calgary, Canada

5. Sydney, Australia

6. Vancouver, Canada

7. Tokyo, Japan

8. Toronto, Canada

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Adelaide, Australia

full article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-...ource=facebook
For comparison, last year's EIU top-ten ranking:

Most livable cities 2017:
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. (tie) Calgary, Canada

5. (tie) Adelaide, Australia
7. Perth, Australia
8. Auckland, New Zealand
9. Helsinki, Finland
10. Hamburg, Germany
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I suppose real estate prices explain the falling ranking of both Vancouver and Toronto. Ottawa would surely be in the mix if they included it.
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2018 Millennial Cities Ranking


1. Berlin, Germany

2. Montréal, Canada

3. London, United Kingdom

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Toronto, Canada

6. Vancouver, Canada

7. Barcelona, Spain

8. New York City, USA

9. Cologne, Germany

10. Manchester, United Kingdom

11. Hamburg, Germany

12. Bristol, United Kingdom

13. San Francisco, USA

14. Austin, USA

15. Paris, France

16. Miami, USA

17. Munich, Germany

18. Lisbon, Portugal

19. Glasgow, United Kingdom

20. Madrid, Spain

21. Melbourne, Australia

22. Ottawa, Canada

23. Birmingham, United Kingdom

24. Sydney, Australia

25. Prague, Czech Republic

26. Vienna, Austria

27. Québec City, Canada

28. Auckland, New Zealand

29. Los Angeles , USA

30. São Paulo, Brazil

31. Frankfurt, Germany

32. Buenos Aires, Argentina

33. Mexico City, Mexico

34. Portland, USA

35. Chicago, USA

36. Nantes, France

37. Budapest, Hungary

38. Copenhagen, Denmark

39. Santiago de Chile, Chile

40. Bogotá, Colombia

41. Valencia, Spain

42. Bangkok, Thailand

43. Dublin, Ireland

44. Lyon, France

45. Philadelphia, USA

46. Helsinki, Finland

47. Antwerp, Belgium

48. Porto, Portugal

49. Beijing, China

50. Stockholm, Sweden

51. Denver, USA

52. Toulouse, France

53. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

54. Medellín, Colombia

55. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

56. Graz, Austria

57. Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

58. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

59. Guadalajara, Mexico

60. Lille, France

61. Rotterdam, Netherlands

62. Taipei, Taiwan

63. Coventry, United Kingdom

64. Moscow, Russia

65. Seoul, South Korea

66. Adelaide, Australia

67. Brussels, Belgium

68. Zurich, Switzerland

69. Boston, USA

70. Oslo, Norway

71. Monterrey, Mexico

72. Seattle, USA

73. Brisbane, Australia

74. Washington, D.C., USA

75. The Hague, Netherlands

76. Shanghai, China

77. Utrecht, Netherlands

78. Seville, Spain

79. Tel Aviv, Israel

80. Montpellier, France

81. Tokyo, Japan

82. Warsaw, Poland

83. Bordeaux, France

84. Singapore, Singapore

85. Istanbul, Turkey

86. Marseille, France

87. Wellington, New Zealand

88. Christchurch, New Zealand

89. Granada, Spain

90. Gothenburg, Sweden

91. Lima, Peru

92. Cork, Ireland

93. Groningen, Netherlands

94. Canberra, Australia

95. Brno, Czech Republic

96. Rome, Italy

97. Osaka, Japan

98. Bucharest, Romania

99. Perth, Australia

100. Athens, Greece

101. Milan, Italy

102. Venice, Italy

103. Bergen, Norway

104. Cape Town, South Africa

105. Innsbruck, Austria

106. Bern, Switzerland

107. Jerusalem, Israel

108. Bruges, Belgium

109. Geneva, Switzerland

110. Bologna, Italy
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For comparison, last year's EIU top-ten ranking:

Most livable cities 2017:
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. (tie) Calgary, Canada

5. (tie) Adelaide, Australia
7. Perth, Australia
8. Auckland, New Zealand
9. Helsinki, Finland
10. Hamburg, Germany
What does The Economist (and many of the organizations that put together these types of lists) have against the United States?
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What does The Economist (and many of the organizations that put together these types of lists) have against the United States?
What does the Economist have against Damascus and Port Moresby?
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What does the Economist have against Damascus and Port Moresby?
The logic that places them down on the list is somewhat more robust than the one that doesn't rank places like San Diego, Denver, Portland or Seattle much much higher.
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The logic that places them down on the list is somewhat more robust than the one that doesn't rank places like San Diego, Denver, Portland or Seattle much much higher.
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How the rating works
The concept of liveability is simple: it assesses which locations around the world provide the best
or the worst living conditions. Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses, from benchmarking
perceptions of development levels to assigning a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation
packages. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability rating quantifies the challenges that might
be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in any given location, and allows for direct comparison
between locations.
Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors
across five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and
infrastructure. Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or
intolerable. For qualitative indicators, a rating is awarded based on the judgment of in-house analysts
and in-city contributors. For quantitative indicators, a rating is calculated based on the relative
performance of a number of external data points.
The scores are then compiled and weighted to provide a score of 1–100, where 1 is considered
intolerable and 100 is considered ideal. The liveability rating is provided both as an overall score and
as a score for each category. To provide points of reference, the score is also given for each category
relative to New York and an overall position in the ranking of 140 cities is provided.
I can't think of very many motives or incentives for the conservative and Anglo-centric Economist to risk its well-earned reputation by purposely under-rating American cities in this type of exercise.

I also note that all American cities scored higher than 80 points and therefor fall under the category described by the Economist as "few if any challenges to living standards".
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What does The Economist (and many of the organizations that put together these types of lists) have against the United States?
Same thing the rest of the world does. While there are some great things about the U.S., it has massive flaws.
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