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March 21, 2019

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Website loves our prostitution, hates our desert

Another day, another list willing to keep Nevadans humble.

This time, it's Gawker picking on us. The site has ranked Nevada as the ninth worst state in the country. To be fair, all 50 states are ranked, so we were going to be in there somewhere.

They soften the blow by starting out with their idea of what's good. Nevada gets kudos for legalized prostitution and for Las Vegas being a great place to spend 48 hours. That's the extent of their love. They go on to say that Las Vegas shouldn't exist, call Reno and Carson City "total dumps," and in an honorable display of nonpartisanship, take swipes at both Sharron Angle and Sen. Harry Reid.

At least we're not Arizona, ranked as the worst state. Nevada's neighbor gets knocked for being in the middle of a desert, and Gawker has some choice words for Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Gov. Jan Brewer.

At the bottom of the list, making it the best state, is New York, which just happens to be where Gawker's offices are located. Bias, schmias. (And in fairness, they did rank themselves prior to Hurricane Irene.)

The site says the list came at the behest of the U.S. Department of Social Geography, which, unless Google is broken, exists only in the minds of those witty Gawker writers.

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