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The Most Prosperous Nations on Earth

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As I was logging out of my hotmail account an interesting article on the MSN Money website caught my attention. The title of the article is “The most prosperous nations on earth” – btw MSN, Earth should start with a capital E – and it basically lists 20 of the best countries to live in. The countries are ranked ranked by the Legatum Institute according to the following key criteria:

1) Economic fundamentals
2) Entrepreneurship and innovation
3) Democratic institutions
4) Education
5) Health
6) Safety & security
7) Governance
8) Personal freedom
9)Social capital

Being Canadian, I was obviously curious to see whether Canada makes it in the list, and although I’m glad it made it I was thinking it would’ve ranked higher – apparently Canada has some improvement to do. But enough about Canada, let’s get on with the list. Here are what the Legatum Institute deems the “most prosperous nations on Earth” (in reverse ranking):

20) Slovenia

19) Spain

18) Hong Kong

17) France

16) Japan

15) Austria

14) Germany

13) Belgium

12) United Kingdom (U.K)

11) Ireland

10) New Zealand

9) United States (USA)

“In a move that will surprise few, the U.S. ranked lowest for health (27th in the world) and safety and security (19th) – with 44 countries having lower homicide rates”

8) Netherlands

7) Canada

Yes, that’s right, Canada beats the United States…again. Lol, I have a feeling my American readers will flame me for that one :) But seriously, I think both the US and Canada can do better. Nor surprisingly health is a big failure for both countries. I’m guessing that the people living in the other higher ranking countries probably think of Canadian and Americans as overweight couch potatoes.

6) Australia

5) Norway

4) Denmark

“It might not be exciting, but Denmark is the best-run country on earth according to Legatum”

Dang, I bet those Danes are sitting pretty smug right now :)

3) Sweden

2) Switzerland

This is one country I’d definitely consider moving to. And at #1…..some of you may be surprised by this

1) Finland

That does it for this article. If you want to read the commentary on each country ranked see the source article on MSN Money:

http://money.ca.msn.com/investing/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=23605436

Cheers,

Alan

http://alansmoneyblog.com

Canada’s Heart of Gold

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Great job team Canada! I would like to extend my warmest congratulations and respect to all the great Canadian athletes who made us all proud.

I’m a big hockey fan, so for me the highlight was the men’s hockey finals. What a game! My heart was pounding like a sledgehammer from start to finish.  In my opinion that game was a truly of Olympic quality. Both teams played with great skill but in the end Sidney Crosby – who no doubt will become a national hero – came through for Team Canada and showed us he’s got the magic touch by scoring an awesome goal 7 minutes and 40 seconds into overtime.

Canada also managed to break the world record for most gold medals won at a Winter Olympics with a total of 14. The Soviet Union, in 1976, and Norway, in 2002, each won 13. Amazing achievement!

Until next time, keep the Olympic flame burning brightly in your hearts!

Cheers,

Alan

Please Help The Families Of Five Slain Police Officers

Take a good look at these faces folks as they are genuine heroes who dedicated their lives to serve and protect us all. Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards were all loyal and dedicated servants of the public good at the Lakewood Police Department but sadly their lives were needlessly and brutally snuffed out by a cold-blooded and savage coward. I pray that justice is done upon him swiftly and with fitting measure to the crime he committed. For what it’s worth I offer my sincere condolences to the families of these fine officers.

A good friend of mine and member of the law enforcement community who also happens to be a member of a forum I run has started a awareness campaign asking good citizens such as yourself to kindly support the families of the slain police officers. So I ask you dear reader to read his message below and consider making a donation to support these families.

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As some of you may know I am in law enforcement and it really pains and saddens me to have to write about this. Our community has just suffered one of the biggest tragedies my state has ever endured. Four Lakewood, WA police officers where shot and killed at a coffee shop right before their shift began earlier this week. And just three weeks before that a Seattle police officer was shot and killed. This is five families lives that have been shattered and each police officer had children. These families need our help and support. If any of you can donate even the smallest amount it will go a long way to help these families. The funeral ceremonies for the four officers will be on the 8th of December.

Below are a few links to check out to read the whole story.


http://lpig.us/?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=Lakewood20Officers20Slain20by20a20coward

http://police.cityoflakewood.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=77:city-of-lakewood-identifies-slain-police-officers&catid=2:hot-topics&Itemid=59

To make a donation please click on this link and then please click on the donation link. It will then bring you to a PayPal donation page.

http://lpig.us/index.cfm

http://www.seattle.gov/police/

If you have any questions please PM or email me.

Thank you for all your support.

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You can get in touch with my law enforcement friend by visiting the following forum thread:

http://www.forexnirvana.com/f4/slain-police-officers-1279/

Once again please consider donating.

Thank you for your attention!

Sincerely,
Alan