– There’s a index of happy cities and states in the US (unsurprisingly Hawaii is the happiest state, although Utah and Montana tied for second). New Orleans is the 9th least happy metro area, and Rochester, NY is the 12th least happy. (although at least they beat Buffalo!) Austin did pretty well, too.
The Atlantic (best magazine ever, I remind you) did a a bunch of correlations on various demographic data to see what makes a city happy, and the most significant relationship was to education (or more precisely, what percentage of people had a bachelor’s degree or higher) with a correlation of 0.68. Math!
– The White House unveiled their health care plan yesterday – here’s a summary of how it compares to the House and Senate versions. There’s going to be a “health care summit” later this week and then…who knows? Apparently they’re open to passing it through reconciliation, which means they would just need a majority vote in the Senate instead of 60.
– The stimulus bill probably has already added 1.6 to 1.8 million jobs.