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Old 05-18-2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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Stress Index for Monday Morning

Interesting map of the US by county showing unemployment, foreclosure, and bankruptcy rates, giving an overall stress index:

The top news headlines on current events from Yahoo! News

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Old 05-18-2009, 10:50 AM   #2
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Is this the new "misery index"?

"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:40 AM   #3
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At least the data sources look reasonably legit.
Click on ABOUT THE NUMBERS at lower left of US map.

I now know the approximate population and unemployment rate in my county. Not so bad as adjoining counties.
There never was a housing bubble here, so the foreclosure rate is meaningless in that context.
Life is just a tad slower here in East Nowhere.
As much as I grouse about it, it is a peaceful countrified life, albeit culturally devoid 24/7.
TG I had some culture where I grew up near NYC and TG today for the Internet.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:48 AM   #4
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Even though the local "stress index" where I live is a low 5.84, and even though I am not in financial hot water, I can vouch for the fact that it is possible to be very stressed out here.
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