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Happiness is....

I ran across an article recently that looks at some polling results on happiness from around a year ago. It comes to the conclusion that Happiness Is ... Being Old, Male and Republican. I found the idea sort of disturbing on a couple of levels. First of all, I'm not sure it's a good thing that I meet at least 2 of the 3 criteria already, meaning this might be 2/3rds as happy as I can get. I do , however, find it amusing that Republicans are happier than Democrats, 50% more so in fact. The cynical will suggest it's simply because Republicans have more money and money brings happiness, but the Pew poll found that the difference remains even if you adjust for income. Poor Republicans are happier than Poor Democrats and so on up the scale. Frankly, I'm not sure it's the fact that Republicans are all that happy and may be more likely that Democrats are just miserable bastards in general. It's almost enough that I should consider a party switch though I find just about everything about them abhorrent.

I hadn't meant for this to be a politics entry, but it seems to have wandered there on its own. I'm reminded of a lot of wordage spilled over the horrors of political isolationism over the past several years. The idea being that the internet and cable news now allows people to get information prepackaged to fit their worldview. Conservatives can go to redstate while Liberals visit dailykos. These echo-chambers then turn people into hardliners as far as politics go, feeding them a steady diet of partisan rhetoric and news filtered through that lens. I find this entire idea sort of hilarious because I'm the complete opposite. I find it almost impossible to listen to conservative talk radio, visit right-leaning websites, or watch fox news. If anything, I actively search for lefty websites, though I'll admit that a good chunk of the time it's just to engage in malevolent schadenfreude as I was the hippies tie themselves in knots. When in the car, I listen to NPR almost exclusively, flippantly telling friends who ask why that I'm monitoring the opposition.

For a long time, I wasn't sure why I had this preference but it came to me recently as I engaged in a lot of political wrangling on a left-leaning site. It's because I've come to have the belief that people, especially those who engage in politics online, are fundamentally stupid. The sheer amount of idiocy is awe-inspiring in its pervasiveness. What I find I can't deal with is people with whose politics I agree with, spouting stupidity. If I go to a lefty, hippie-infested site though, the stupidity I find is hippie stupidity. I'm then free to wield a verbal scalpel and excoriate all the batshit insanity I can handle. If I were on a site mostly populated by conservatives, then just by the law of averages I would run mostly into stupid conservatives and my need to kick the stupid would run full-tilt into my political views.

It's funny when you think about it but all those talking heads wringing their hands over media partisanship were right in a way. The net result of spending all this time on hippie sites is that I can't help but develop a boiling contempt for the left. You can only run into so much stupid after all before it starts to mold your perception. It's just ironic that it's not some sort of right-wing echo-chamber that caused it, but the exact opposite instead. It makes me wonder how many others out there have had a similar experience or if I'm just one extreme outlier.

Anyway, back to happiness to wrap this all up. Ending with yet another poll:

Asked to choose between bacon and sex, 43 per cent of Canadians would choose...bacon!

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - According to a recent national survey, Canadians are passionate about bacon. When asked to choose between bacon and sex, more than four in 10 (43%) chose bacon! Maple Leaf commissioned this Angus Reid For the Love of Bacon survey to mark the launch of their newest product innovation, Maple Leaf Reclosable Bacon.

I'll note that it doesn't say anywhere in the article whether they're talking about real bacon or Canadian bacon. Frankly, I can't see giving up anything for Canadian Bacon. It's just ham you stupid moose-fuckers. Bacon bacon on the otherhand, well, that's a different story.

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