Why do I still feel broke?: Lifestyle Inflation

Lifestyle inflation isn’t something that gets talked about often, which means a lot of people aren’t even aware it is occurring. When you get a new, better paying job, you are often spending more to accommodate your new lifestyle. This can happen to be best of us, but awareness is key to stopping it.

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Silence Does Not Mean Yes: Consent

Living in a city, I deal with being catcalled, inappropriately touched, and harassed on a weekly, if not more frequent, basis, and I know that I am not alone in this experience. It defies gender, race, and sexuality, though some are more affected than others.

Consent is often a hot topic these days, and is another one of those words where everybody has a different definition. The legal definition in the United States varies from state to state, and some states, such as Massachusetts or Iowa, do not specifically define it at all.
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Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995

On April 19, 1995, at 9:02 a.m., a bomb went off in front of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, OK. This event would kill 168 people, and would be considered the deadliest domestic terrorist attack in American history. In the modern age where it seems that a terrorist attack happens every single day, this seems like it is just another unspeakable tragedy. But this tragedy changed the precedent for the entire country, changing domestic policy and eventually leading to the creation of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which has been said by critics to be “surely one of the worst statutes ever passed by Congress and signed into law by a President.” It changed the definition of habeas corpus and made getting an appeal much more difficult.
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Fibromyalgia is such an unknown word it gets a little red line under it when you type it into a word processor, even though over 5 million people live with it in the US each year. For many years and even now, it was believed to not be a real condition by some people. As someone who has watched one of the closest people in my life suffer with it for over a decade, I can tell you, it is real to the person suffering through it.
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